New Delhi: The Kerala government on Friday issued a health advisory asking people to be on alert in view of rising temperature over the last few days due to onset of summer, news agency PTI reported.
According to the report, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has already put out a detailed advisory about the precautions that need to be taken in light of soaring temperatures.
Asking people to be alert, the health advisory states precautions to prevent incidents like dehydration, diarrhea, sunstroke, and other diseases from spreading.
The Kerala health department’s move came a day after a heat index report from KSDMA showed high temperature in many parts of the state.
“It is summer, and no one should wait to feel thirsty to drink water. Drink water during regular intervals and avoid getting into direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm,” Veena George said.
She further said that KSDMA has banned all outside work between these hours and advised people with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children to take extra caution and avoid getting into the direct sunlight.
George said there is a steady rise in the temperature and it can lead to dehydration very fast. “One can collapse very fast. If someone is feeling uneasy it is important to take immediate medical care,” the health minister added.
The minister also said there are reports of some cases of influenza and chicken pox increasing in Kerala. Adding more woes to the government, 11 cases of cholera, a waterborne disease, have been reported in Malappuram district.
“There are 11 cholera cases reported in Malappuram. When the health department conducted an inspection, they found out that some hotels in the area have been releasing their sewage into the river and those who collected water from the river downstream were affected,” George said.