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Experts urge people to adopt preventive measures to avoid heatstroke

Health experts have called for raising better awareness of heatstroke and preventive measures among common people to prevent it from spreading further in coming days of hot season.

Executive Director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi Dr Seemi Jamali said public should be educated through awareness messages to drink plenty of water while avoiding direct sunlight as much as possible in hot or humid weather.

She said heatwave was a prevalent climate related natural hazard and there had been a significant rise in the Earth’s average temperature over the last 100 years.

Dr Seemi Jamali said that heatstroke can cause death or permanent organ damage or disability if not properly treated in time.

The health advisory issued by KMC’s Senior Director for Health Services Dr Birbal Genani had asked people to drink more water in the current weather.

“Cover your head. Do not unnecessarily go out of your house between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Wear light dress,” the health advisory had said.

In May last year, the spell of heatwave had left residents of Karachi utterly drained as the mercury touched 44 degree Celsius on the scale.

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