Hang Chuon Naron, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, issued guidelines to students and their parents on April 18 regarding health care and disease prevention during the upcoming heat wave.
He warned that high temperatures can cause cardiovascular problems, breathing difficulties, gastrointestinal disorders, malnutrition, sunburn, and even mental health issues.
Minister Naron told students to bring enough drinking water from home to school, and to stay in the shade and avoid direct sunlight, especially from April 19 to 24 – the week the heat wave will hit the hardest.
Students must keep themselves hydrated (drinking enough water) and well nourished, despite the usual loss of appetite due to the heat. They should wear loose fitting, light weight, air-permeable clothing.
Directors of all education departments are to take appropriate measures in their subordinate schools and kindle understanding of the problems in the general public.
The minister also told teachers to encourage students to plant trees on school grounds and near their homes – they cast shade and reduce the heat.