Avoid Going Out on Hot Days: Ministry of Health Advises in Vietnam

Sweat now, Save later: Staying safe in the heat and protecting your health

In light of the recent heat waves and droughts affecting many parts of the country, the Ministry of Health has issued a recommendation to limit outdoor activities between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on hot days and consume at least 1.5-2 liters of water per day. This advice was shared in an official dispatch on April 3, which focused on preventing and protecting public health and workers from the effects of heat, drought, and saltwater intrusion.

According to the Ministry of Health, intense heat has been observed across the country, with the North experiencing early heat waves and the South regularly reaching temperatures of 37-38 degrees. Common health problems during this season include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps, which can be caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or sudden changes in environmental temperature.

High-risk groups such as the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people who work outdoors for extended periods, and those with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are particularly vulnerable to these conditions.

To prevent these illnesses, the Ministry recommends limiting sun exposure by staying indoors during peak hours or seeking shade when outside. Wearing lightweight clothing that allows for proper ventilation is also advised. Additionally, increasing intake of water is crucial to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and nausea.

Fruits and vegetables are also recommended as they provide essential nutrients that can help maintain good health during hot weather. It’s important to avoid consuming alcohol as it can dehydrate you further.

When working outdoors for extended periods or engaging in strenuous activities during hot weather conditions it is advisable to use appropriate protective gear such as hats or sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays.

In summary, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is key in preventing heat-related illnesses during this season. Taking breaks in cool places and avoiding prolonged exposure to high temperatures will also help protect public health and well-being from global warming’s effects on our environment.

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