Coimbatore

‘Keep body hydrated in summer’

High temperature has created a mirage on a road in the city on Thursday.

High temperature has created a mirage on a road in the city on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: M. Periasamy

With temperature levels going up, the Health Department has advised public to avoid prolonged direct exposure to sunlight during peak hours. The main advisory is to keep the body hydrated with adequate intake of water at regular intervals.

While the minimum temperature remained 24 degree Celsius, the maximum temperature varied between 35 and 37 degree Celsius in the city in the last few days.

Director of Public Health K. Kolandasamy said no cases of sun stroke were reported in the State. “With the rise in temperature, the body will easily get dehydrated. There should be enough intake of water to avoid chances of getting the body dehydrated. Natural drinks like buttermilk and tender coconut water are other alternatives to keep body hydrated,” said Dr. Kolandasamy.

He said that the department has brought out an awareness pamphlet on precautions to be taken in the summer.

As per the Health Department advisory, special attention should be given to newborns, children, pregnant women and the elderly in the summer. People having multiple diseases should also take precautions.

Excessive thirst, headache, fatigue, giddiness, sprain in muscles, low urine output and seizures could be symptoms of over dehydration, which will lead to other complications.

Cotton dress

The advisory asks public to keep water with them while going out in the summer. The public are advised to wear cotton dresses which give adequate ventilation. There should also be adequate ventilation in houses for free movement of fresh air.

B. Vijayalalithambigai, Designated Officer of FSSAI, Coimbatore, said that the department has advised shopkeepers and vendors to keep the premises clean to avoid chances of contamination in the summer.

Vendors have been advised to use fresh fruits, milk and water to prepare cool drinks and juices.

“While consuming beverages from outside, the public should make sure that such products are stored in hygienic conditions in closed containers. Consumers must check whether the product is certified by FASSAI in the case of packaged products. One should also check the manufacturing and expiry dates,” she said.

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