The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday amid heatwaves advised the public to take precautionary measures, such as postponing or limit strenuous and if unavoidable, wear a hat or use a umbrella to protect themselves.
This is following a press statement issued by the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department on the likelihood of El-Nino occurring that will cause dry and hot weather conditions in the upcoming months in the Sultanate. According to the ministry, excessive heat can cause a person to frequently sweat, and the lack of fluid in the body could result in exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke. Children and the elderly are the groups that are the most at risk of experiencing these health problems, the MoH said.
The public is also advised to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, avoid sugary drinks and avoid wearing dark and tight clothing.
“Do activities in a sufficient ventilation area. Do not sit or leave behind anyone or pet in a vehicle without air conditioning,” urged the ministry, adding that the public needs to be aware of early signs of heat stroke and immediately seek medical treatment if these signs are present.
Among the signs of heat stroke include a high body temperature, dizziness, less sweating even in hot weather, reddish skin, dry and hot, weakness or muscle spasm, nausea and vomiting, high heartbeat, rapid breathing, convulsions, unconsciousness and behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation or shock.