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Ministry issues guidelines to deal with hot weather

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A stream in Mondulkiri province from which an indigenous person drank water without boiling it, causing many to fall ill. KT/ Mai Vireak

The Health Ministry today issued guidelines on how people can prevent illnesses during the extremely hot weather caused by the El Nino phenomenon.

Ly Sovann, Communicable Disease Control Department director, said that people should drink boiled water regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol or water with excessive sugar which can lead to dehydration.

He said people should also supplement salt and minerals lost through sweating, wear light coloured and loose clothing, rest often in the shade while outdoors and avoid keeping children inside parked cars.

“Avoid heaty food or eating too much because it will increase the body temperature and also reduce exposure to the sun during the day, especially in hot places such as the riverside or seaside,” Mr Sovann said.

According to an advisory by the department, excessive heat can cause muscle cramp and fatigue.

It said symptoms of fatigue are excessive sweating and numbness which can lead to rapid heart rates, vomiting and fainting.

Full story in Monday’s paper

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