Health Ministry issues advisory as India reels under heat wave

Parts of Central and North India undergoing heat wave

June 04, 2019 12:27 am | Updated 12:27 am IST - New Delhi

The Union Health Ministry issued a health advisory on Monday, following heat wave conditions over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.

The Ministry suggested that people stay indoors and in shaded places, use umbrella/hat/cap/towel when outside, wear loose cotton, light-coloured garments and keep themselves hydrated with - lassi, lemon water, fruit juices and ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution).

“People feeling unwell, especially aged people, young children, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and outdoor workers, should be immediately shifted to a cooler place, put on minimum clothing, be sponged with cold water, applied ice packs wrapped in cloth, and transported to the nearest health facility,” it added.

The Ministry advised people against going out in the sun especially between noon and 3 p.m., avoid undertaking strenuous activities when outside in the afternoon, and not to leave children and pets in parked vehicles.

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