Heatwave a growing concern

by | May 19, 2023 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Unconfirmed reports that two Malaysians have died due to the heatwave have raised concerns and clinics and hospitals are seeing more patients with heat related complaints such as skin infections, dehydration, fever, lethargy and body aches.

For elderly people, getting a heatstroke is a strong possibility if they are exposed to the sun and heat for a prolonged period. People suffering from psoriasis and eczema are also more susceptible due to the dry conditions.

But since the heatwave is severe now, not only schoolchildren and the elderly are affected, but healthy adults in their twenties to fifties are complaining of being affected by the hot and dry conditions.

The Ministry of Health and relevant agencies are working together to draft guidelines on dealing with heatstroke and advise people to drink lots of water and wear light and loose clothing while avoiding being outdoors.

The ministry also advises people that should they go outdoors they should limit their exposure to the sun, wear hats or use umbrellas for shade to reduce direct sunlight on the body and bathing more often and using moisturiser.

A heatwave is a situation where the maximum daily temperature exceeds 37 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days and so far four districts in the country come under this category and the government is vigilantly monitoring the situation.