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Risk of serious heatstroke rises as Pakistan embrace heat wave

Considering the rising summer temperatures in Pakistan, health experts have warned the public of its serious effects. 

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight is not recommended as it may result in serious heatstroke. Affected people may suffer from uncontrolled body temperatures, fever, severe headache, hot body with red marks, nausea, vomiting and dry tongue and lips. 

Special precautions need to be taken as the month of Ramadan is in progress. People who fast, especially the elderly and children should cover their heads with damp cloth before going out in direct sunlight. 

Medical practitioners at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) shared their views about heatstroke conditions in people and declared it a serious heat- causing illness which tumbles the body’s ability to control temperature and can lead to death or major disabilities. They further said that heatstroke condition is usually an emergency case which need to be dealt immediately at a hospital. 

In current  situation of rising temperatures in the country heatstroke patients are treated immediately at the hospitals in a separate room. 

People suffering from these symptoms should be immediately treated with ORS and damp ice-cold strips therapy over main body parts. 

Moreover, health experts declared that people who over-eat or take stale food at iftaar or sehr time are more vulnerable to food poisoning. 

So, it is recommended to drink a lot of water, eat fresh food and stay in cool places to reduce the risk of heat-causing illnesses. 

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