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

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Apr 3, 2024

The Ministry of Health has recommended that people limit their time outdoors from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on hot days and drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water per day. This recommendation was issued on April 3 in an official dispatch to localities regarding the prevention and protection of public health and workers against the effects of heat, drought, and saltwater intrusion. The Ministry pointed out that intense heat has been observed in many parts of 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, according to the Ministry of Health. These conditions can be caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or sudden changes in environmental temperature. High-risk groups include the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people who work outdoors for extended periods, and those with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses can range from mild fatigue and dizziness to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing and fainting. To prevent these conditions, the Ministry recommends limiting sun exposure, wearing light and breathable clothing, and increasing intake of water, fruits, and vegetables. It is also advised to avoid alcohol, use appropriate protective gear when working outdoors, and schedule strenuous activities during cooler times of the day.

The Ministry of Health emphasized the importance of staying hydrated, taking breaks in cool places, and avoiding prolonged exposure to high temperatures to prevent heat-related illnesses. With global warming and climate change contributing to earlier and more intense heat waves, it is crucial to take these precautions to protect public health and well-being.

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