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Health department gives heatstroke warning

With Mercury soaring above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Thailand now, the Health Department warns people to beware of heatstroke risks.

“Common symptoms are headache, nausea and dehydration. But in severe forms, it can cause delirium, coma and even deaths,” Health Department’s director general Dr Pornthep Siriwanarangsan says via ASTV Manager.

He advises people to avoid working or doing exercise under the glaring sun for too long. When staying outdoors during the hot weather, he recommends drinking one liter of water per hour.

Pornthep says the most vulnerable groups to heatstroke risks are those working in high-temperature environment, pregnant women, children, elderly people and the obese.

Meanwhile, Thairath reported on Sunday that locals in Sukhothai were trying their best to fight off the almost unbearable heath with their available resources.

“I connect a sprinkler with a rubber hose and put them over the roof to cool down my house during the day,” Chalor Prassajak, 40, said, “I don’t have any air conditioner to rely on”.

Tawat Yukham, a neighbor, says he also does the same thing and also put his young granddaughter in a water-filled basin to help her cope with the heat.

The rising temperature has affected animals too. In Nakhon Ratchasima, a local zoo has thus turned on sprinkler systems to keep animals calm during the summer.

“Because of hot weather, animals turn irritable and aggressive. So, we have taken extra measures in cooling them,” Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo’s director Arkom Maneekul said.

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