Jamaicans urged to avoid overexposure to heat

Jamaicans are being urged to avoid overexposure to heat, as this is harmful to their health and is potentially fatal.

The call comes amid reports of a rise in temperature.

The MET Office says higher-than-normal temperatures, averaging between 1 and 3 degrees have been experienced across the island in recent weeks.  

According to the Health Ministry, heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions, such as rash or cramps, to serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as heat stroke. 

Health Minister doctor Christopher Tufton said to prevent illness associated with the heat, citizens should keep hydrated with cool water, especially when it is hot and humid.

They should also limit or avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and beverages that contain alcohol. 

Dr. Tufton said while he does not have knowledge of a heat crisis, the ministry has taken note of the heat and is urging citizens to be vigilant.

The ministry says citizens should drink more water during and after vigorous activities; avoid the sun during the middle of the day by limiting, as much as possible, outdoor activities to mornings and evenings; seek out shade when outdoors; and, wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics. 


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