With temperatures expected to rise, Rawalpindi citizens asked to take precautions

Updated 15 Jul 2020

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The advisory has informed the citizens that the temperature may exceed 45°C in the coming days. — AFP/File
The advisory has informed the citizens that the temperature may exceed 45°C in the coming days. — AFP/File

RAWALPINDI: The District Health Authority on Tuesday issued a heat stroke advisory for citizens in anticipation of rising temperatures in the next couple of days.

However, the Met Office predicted rain-thunder showers in Islamabad, upper and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the Met Office, there were chances of rain in the Potohar region which will likely drop the temperature.

The District Health Authority issued the health advisory to prevent the harmful effects of heat. The ‘heat stroke advisory’ was issued by Chief Executive Officer Dr Sohail Ahmed and District Surveillance Coordinator Dr Mohammad Ali Mirza.

The advisory has informed the citizens that the temperature may exceed 45°C in the coming days. Strict adherence to the advisory is needed to avoid harmful effects of heat stroke.

It urged citizens to drink beverages and water, avoid going out in the heat from 10am to 4pm, cover head in the scorching sun and heat, rub the body with a soaked towel to lower the body temperature and avoid fatigue in the heat.

If symptoms of heat stroke appear, take the patient to a cool and safe place, put cold water bandages on the body and support the legs and raise them slightly above the head level, the advisory said.

Published in Dawn, July 15th, 2020