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Ministry of Health urges Jamaicans to reduce heat exposure | New

The Department of Health and Wellness is urging Jamaicans to reduce their exposure to high temperatures to avoid heat stress.

The ministry notes that excessive heat stress is harmful to health and potentially fatal.

Jamaica, like other Caribbean countries, currently experiences a hot season which usually falls between May and October each year.

This year, extremely high temperatures are recorded.

Accordingly, the public, especially vulnerable people such as the elderly, children under six and bedridden people, are therefore urged by the Ministry of Health to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to the heat.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, members of the public are encouraged to:

* Stay hydrated with cool water, especially when it’s hot and humid.

* Drink more liquids, limit or avoid sugary drinks and drinks containing alcohol.

* Drink more water than usual before, during and after vigorous activity.

* Exercise indoors if possible

* Drink more water than normal if exposed to heat for long periods (more than two hours).

* Avoid the sun in the middle of the day, for example by limiting outdoor activities in the morning and evening as much as possible and seeking shade outdoors.

* Wear light, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics.

* Children should not be left in locked vehicles under any circumstances.

The Department of Health notes that heat-related illnesses can typically range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps to serious and life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.

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