Heat helpers please

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS are be­ing urged to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the sum­mer heat.

Queens­land chief health of­fi­cer Jean­nette Young said the high tem­per­a­tures in­creased the risk of ill­ness and death for peo­ple prone to heat-re­lated ill­ness.

“The hu­man body’s abil­ity to main­tain a nor­mal tem­per­a­ture is com­pro­mised by the ef­fects of age, chronic dis­eases, dis­abil­ity, med­i­ca­tions, and cer­tain en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors,” Dr Young said.

“Peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence one or a num­ber of th­ese fac­tors are con­sid­ered to be vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­nity mem­bers and are at risk.”

El­derly peo­ple, preg­nant women and peo­ple who suf­fer from a pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion means are more prone to heat-re­lated ill­nesses.

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