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Paphos: Vulnerable groups afraid to turn on air conditioning, end up in A&E

The A&E department at Paphos Hospital was busy on Monday as elderly and vulnerable people sought medical care due to extreme high temperatures, the CNA reports.

The cases were mostly elderly who were dehydrated, frail and had a slight temperature, with most of them saying that they are afraid to turn on the air conditioning due to potential risks for Coronavirus transmission.

By 18:30 on Monday 35 such patients had visited the Paphos A&E, some of whom needed to be referred to private clinics for hospitalisation as there was no capacity at Paphos Hospital except for the Gynaecology and Paediatrics departments.

The Paphos Hospital management called on vulnerable groups to use air conditioning in a proper way as per the experts’ instructions to prevent heat stress, adding that the elderly and vulnerable are most at risk from very high temperatures.

Read more: Sizzling hot again today, temperatures at 43 C inland

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