13 December 2018

Residents encouraged to drink water and stay out of sun during heat wave

Heat waves are deadly killers and have claimed thousands of lives all over the world.

Heat waves have been hitting parts of South Africa as summer takes hold and the holiday season approaches, prompting health authorities to warn people to stay out of the sun when temperatures spike and to drink lots of water.

Potchefstroom general practitioner Dr Johan Jacobs has encouraged people to stay well hydrated and to stay out of the midday sun. According to Dr Jacobs, heat waves are known to be deadly, reminding us of the heatwave that claimed over 6 000 lives in Europe back in 2003.

Children collapsing due to heat

“Heat waves are deadly killers; they have claimed thousands of lives all over the world. People need to be cautious and stay away from the sun as much as possible and also drink a lot of water,” he advised.

Dr Jacobs also added that there are health effects associated with heat waves. A heatwave is defined as a period of five or more consecutive days when maximum temperatures are recorded above the average for that time of year. “One can also suffer from a heat rash, heat edema or heat cramps which are some of the health effects associated with heat waves.”

A principal at a local primary school in Ikageng reported that during the past two months three children at his school have collapsed due to the heat.

The principal also said that since arriving in Potchefstroom in 2005, this year is the hottest he has ever experienced. “This has to be the hottest summer in a very long time. For me this is my hottest summer since arriving in Potchefstroom,” he said.

The principal has encouraged parents to make sure their children have a bottle of water with them when they go outside for long periods, and to also make sure they have hats or caps to shield them from the sun. – Health-e News.

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