Hot weather: Public advised to avoid thick, tight clothing during outdoor activities

Hot weather: Public advised to avoid thick, tight clothing during outdoor activities

KOTA BHARU: The public is advised not to wear thick and tight clothing during outdoor activities as it hinders heat from escaping and sweat evaporation due to the current hot weather.

Director of the Kelantan State Health Department (JKNK) Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said the situation could worsen, leading to dehydration, confusion, and unconsciousness (coma) with symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness or cramps, as well as experiencing nausea and vomiting. “If experiencing symptoms related to hot temperatures, individuals involved should immediately leave the hot area, remove tight clothing, apply wet and cool cloths to the body.

“Use a fan to cool down, drink water every 15 minutes, and seek assistance if the situation cannot be controlled,” he said when contacted by Bernama today. Dr Zaini said among the groups at risk of falling victim to hot weather are individuals involved in outdoor physical activities such as laborers, farmers, athletes, soldiers, and police.

“In addition, adults (aged 40 and above) are 10 times more at risk compared to younger individuals, as well as those with respiratory, high blood pressure, heart, diabetes, and thyroid gland diseases.

“Therefore, the way to prevent or reduce the effects on health due to extreme hot weather is to drink plenty of water regardless of the level of physical activity performed, limit outdoor activities, take frequent breaks, shower, or use a fan to cool the body,” he said. Yesterday, the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) reported a new case of death due to heatstroke this week, bringing the total number of heat-related deaths to two.

The first death involved a 22-year-old individual in Pahang on February 2, while the second victim was a three-year-old boy in Kelantan who passed away last Monday.

— BERNAMA

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