MoPH and MoL Launch Heat Stress Awareness Campaign Amid Rising Temperatures

MoPH and MoL Launch Heat Stress Awareness Campaign Amid Rising Temperatures By Sruthi Nair - June 19, 2024


Since the onset of summer in Qatar, the government has implemented various measures to protect people from heat-related illnesses in both indoor and outdoor spaces, while also raising awareness through social media channels. With rising temperatures, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Ministry of Labour (MoL) have intensified their efforts to educate the public on heat stress and how to protect themselves.

The Qatar Meteorology Department predicts temperatures will continue to climb this week, ranging between 41 and 48 degrees Celsius across the country. In response, the MoPH and MoL have issued guidelines for managing heat stress. The MoL, on its X account, has shared tips for coping with heat stress at work, including: “Drink cool water every 15 minutes. Avoid tea, coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks. Schedule more frequent breaks during work and eat light, nutritious food.”

The MoPH, also on its X account, has emphasized the relationship between urine color and hydration levels. They advise that if urine is dark yellow, one should drink water immediately. If it is light yellow, more water is needed, and even with normal-colored urine, it’s important to continue drinking water.

Fully hydrated bodies produce pale, odorless, and plentiful urine. Mild dehydration results in slightly darker yellow urine, while medium-dark yellow indicates dehydration. Severe dehydration causes dark, strong-smelling urine in small amounts. However, certain foods, medicines, and vitamin supplements can alter urine color even if you are well-hydrated. These guidelines should not replace professional medical advice, and any concerns about urine color or hydration should be discussed with a doctor.

To protect workers from heat stress, the government has banned outdoor work during the daytime from 10 am to 3:30 pm, starting from June 1, 2024, to September 15, 2024, in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. 17 of 2021.

Stepping out on a hot summer day can be challenging, with the heat and sweat leading to dehydration and lethargy. Medical experts recommend several precautions to stay healthy during the summer. Staying hydrated is essential; drinking water maintains the body’s fluid levels lost through sweat. Juices, coconut water, and hydrating fruits are beneficial. While a cold shower may seem refreshing, scientists suggest lukewarm water is better for cooling the bloodstream without causing the body to work harder to warm up afterward.

Caffeine and nicotine can increase core body temperature by constricting blood vessels, leading to a hotter, sweatier feeling. Instead, opt for cool beverages like coconut water, lemon water, and fruit juices. Heavy meals can also generate body heat, as the body works harder to digest and metabolize food, raising core temperature and causing post-meal lethargy. Light, freshly cooked meals are recommended, with reduced intake of processed and salty foods.

To cool down quickly, soaking your feet in cool water or wearing wet socks can be effective. Loose, light-colored cotton clothing is recommended to avoid excessive sweating, as tight and dark clothes trap heat and prevent sweat evaporation. Dark colors absorb more light, increasing body heat.

By following these guidelines and taking necessary precautions, individuals can stay safe and healthy during Qatar’s hot summer months.


Source: The Peninsula Qatar

By Sruthi Nair - June 19, 2024
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