By Amina Abdul Salam
Dr Maysa Shawki, Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Cairo University, says that heatwaves that sometimes reach 43 degrees centigrade require citizens to follow a number of health guidelines to protect themselves, especially during Ramadan.
People should avoid direct exposure to the sun and wear white cotton clothes. It was important, she said, to avoid wearing coloured clothes, which attract heat.
Wearing a hat during the day, using an umbrella and wearing sun glasses to protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays are also important. So also is using cream to protect the skin from dehydration.
Dr Shawki urged fasting people to drink warm juices, water or soup at the start of the Iftar meal in Ramadan.
They should then proceed with the rest of the meal after 15 minutes. And she recommended dividing Iftar into three meals.