Health Alert: PMA Guideline for Ramadan

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PMA Guideline for Ramadan

Karachi

The Holy month of Ramadan has started in the scorching heat of summer and Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has issued guideline to avoid devastating effects of heatwaves on population.

According to a press release issued by PMA Centre,  Secretary General Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad on Tuesday Pakistan will witnesses some of the highest temperatures ever recorded in summer.

The Heatwaves will have a particularly devastating effect on the population, many of whom are fasting from dawn to dusk.

So, the people are requested to adopt the following preventive measures to protect themselves from Heatwave:

  1. Avoid going out unnecessarily during the day from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
  2. If it is necessary to go out then go through the shady way and make it sure that you don’t stay longer in sunlight.
  3. If you go out cover your head with cap or wet cloth. Do not go out barefoot instead wear light shoes.
  4. If it is unavoidable to go out then drink more water or home-made solutions. Drink 12 -15 glass of water or fruit juices during Iftari and Sehri.
  5. Do not play any game in an open area in sun.
  6. Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.
  7. Children and old people should be more careful during Heatwave, because of low immunity they can suffer more.
  8. Always eat light home-cooked meals. Avoid eating more fried items like Samosas, Rolls and Pakoray at Ifftari and Sehri.
  9. Use less salt especially at Sehri to overcome your thirst.
  10. Always use boiled water.
  11. People suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension) and Diabetes should not discontinue or gape into their treatment during Ramadan.

Tobacco addicted my quit tobacco in Ramadan: Moreover people addicted to Tobacco and Chalia have good chance to quit it in the month of Ramadan.

Government should strictly ask K- Electric to avoid load-shedding during these days. Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) should continuously supply water.

Symptoms of Heatstroke:

* Itching   * weakness   * Headache   * rapid pulse   * low blood pressure

* Nausea & vomiting   * muscular pains   * Unconsciousness

First-Aid for Heatstroke

 

* Move the person to a shady place   * Make it sure that he /she breath well   * Give him / her clean drinking water but in case of unconsciousness do not put water or any edible into the mouth   * Cool the person’s entire body by sponging or spraying cold water  * Monitor the pulse and blood pressure of the patient * Shift the patient to hospital urgently.

During the past four to five years heatwave has been causing devastating effects over the population in Pakistan especially in Sindh and its capital Karachi.

In 2015 a severe heatwave with temperatures as high as 49 °C struck southern Pakistan in June 2015. It had caused the deaths of around 2,000 persons from dehydration and heatstroke, mostly in Sindh province and its capital city, Karachi.

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