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Ho Chi Minh City dwellers told to stay alert amid extreme heatwave

Ho Chi Minh City dwellers told to stay alert amid extreme heatwave

Saturday, March 02, 2024, 11:10 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City dwellers told to stay alert amid extreme heatwave
The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) has issued a hot weather warning for the city and localities in southern Vietnam amid a spell of excessively hot weather. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC) issued a hot weather warning on Friday afternoon for the city and other localities in southern Vietnam amid a spell of excessively hot weather, urging the public to take precautionary measures against the scorching heat to reduce a risk of heat-related health problems.

Hospitals in the city have received a rising number of visitors who came to seek medical attention as the heat has negatively affected their health.

Among those visiting the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Dermato Venereology recently, many reported that they have experienced irritations and heat rashes on the face for a couple of weeks.

HCDC said the hot weather is not only unbearable but can also leave a significant impact on public health, causing many problems like sunstroke, heatstroke, or stroke.

These heat-related illnesses are attributed to excessive heat exposure, dehydration, or sudden temperature changes.

People of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, children, women, outdoor workers, and those with chronic diseases are at greater risk of catching such heat-related diseases.

Therefore, HCDC urged the public to stay hydrated, limit exposure to the sun, especially between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, use sunscreen and wear sun protective clothing when venturing out, have adequate rest times when working in the scorching weather, have balanced diets, and do exercise regularly.

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Hong Ngan - Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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