Vikash Sharma

The steep rise in the day temperature has now prompted people across Odisha to stay indoors and avoid direct exposure to the sun during peak hours of the day. As per experts, heat wave conditions can lead to physiological strain, which could even result in death.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says people should keep a track of the announcements made by weather agencies to know about the extreme weather advisories, if any at regular intervals.

Everyone should drink plenty of water to keep their bodies hydrated. Animals should also be kept in shade and given adequate water to drink.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

High fever, cramps, difficulty in breathing, vomiting, headache, increased heartbeats.

Tips To Minimise Impact During Heat Wave And Prevent Serious Ailment Or Death Due To Heat Stroke

Avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm.

Drink sufficient water and as often as possible, even if not thirsty.

Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes.

Use protective goggles, umbrella/hat, shoes or chappals while going out in sun. Avoid strenuous activities when the outside temperature is high.

Avoid working outside between 12 noon and 3 p.m.

While travelling, carry water.

Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks, which dehydrates the body.

Avoid high-protein food and do not eat stale food.

If you feel faint or ill, see a doctor immediately.

Use ORS, homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk, etc. which helps to re-hydrate the body.

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Tips For Treatment Of A Person Affected by Sunstroke

Lay the person in a cool place, under a shade. Wipe her/him with a wet cloth/wash the body frequently.

Pour normal temperature water on the head. The main thing is to bring down the body temperature.

Give the person ORS to drink or lemon sarbat/torani or whatever is useful to rehydrate the body. Take the person immediately to the nearest health centre. The patient needs immediate hospitalisation, as heat strokes could be fatal.

(Source: NDMA)