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Health Ministry warning over high temps

With temperatures set to hit 40 C inland on Thursday, the Health Ministry has urged the public to be careful, with extra precautions recommended for vulnerable groups such as babies, children, people over 65, pregnant woman and people with health issues .

In a written statement on Thursday, it said the public should avoid extensive exposure to the sun, unnecessary movement and strenuous physical exercise; they should wear loose, light coloured clothes and wear a hat sunglasses if exposed to the sun; avoid consumption of alcohol, coffee and heavy food and prefer instead light food, vegetables and juice. They should also drink plenty of water.

The ministry also recommended the use of fans and air condition and lukewarm showers during the day.

Special care should be taken with babies who must be dressed lightly. Parents should consult their paediatricians  about liquids. People with a chronic condition such as respiratory or heart problems should consult their doctors about any special measures they should take.

Finally the Health Ministry urged the public to be particularly careful during the hours for which the Met Office has issued the yellow alert — 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement the Labour Ministry has warned over heat stress and said employers should take all necessary precautions, including interrupting work if necessary.

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