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Heatwave precautions

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.






ISLAMABAD, May 22, 2018 (News Wires) - A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organisation said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.

The heatwave has coincided with power outages and the holy month of Ramadan, when most Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. Temperatures hit 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) on Monday, local media reported.

Faisal Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation that operates morgues and an ambulance service in Pakistan’s biggest city, said the deaths occurred mostly in the poor areas of Karachi.

“Sixty-five people have died over the last three days,” Edhi told Reuters. “We have the bodies in our cold storage facilities and their neighbourhood doctors have said they died of heat-stroke.”

A government spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

But Sindh province’s Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechuho told the English-language Dawn newspaper that no one has died from heat-stroke.

“Only doctors and hospitals can decide whether the cause of death was heat-stroke or not. I categorically reject that people have died due to heat-stroke in Karachi,” Pechuho was quoted as saying.