HEALTH AD­VI­SORY TO THE PUB­LIC FOR HEAT AND MOS­QUITO EX­PO­SURE

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Tough times calls for tough mea­sures and this is something we all know. When ORC was in ef­fect the ma­jor­ity of us red or yel­low sup­ported it. Since the fall­out from the IMPACS re­port the coun­try ap­pears di­vided on the ORCs ef­fec­tive­ness. But short of no new mea­sures to fight crime it is in­evitable that many will call for a sim­i­lar oper­a­tion.

– Mayor Paul

The fact that this IMPACS Re­port is go­ing nowhere soon is leav­ing peo­ple hopeless. The PM promised and now he cant de­liver. And so there is no clo­sure for vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. In this elec­tion year let us see how this movie plays out.

– Paul Bearer

It is al­ways good to see young Saint Lu­cians not wait­ing for hand outs but get­ting up and do­ing something for them­selves. Good luck to you Toya!

- Roya

Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir from The Star News­pa­per con­ducted an in­ter­view with us on Wed­nes­day. It was great fun and a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all of us! Thank you the Star.

– In­ter­na­tions School Stu­dents

Hu­mans are born in web of de­ceit that they them­selves have spun!

– Lau­rent Jean Pierre

The South is dy­ing slowly from empty prom­ises year after year after year. When will Vieux Fort be­come the promised New Fron­tier.

-Ri­cardo.

The Min­istry of Health, Well­ness, Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions cau­tions all per­sons on the need to re­main hy­drated and avoid di­rect sun­light as Saint Lu­cia is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high heat lev­els. Of­fi­cials from the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment have con­firmed that this weather is due to dry at­mo­spheric con­di­tions ac­com­pa­nied by lit­tle cloud cover and very light winds. Col­lec­tively, these fac­tors place the pub­lic at risk of de­hy­dra­tion and its re­lated ef­fects which in­clude dizzi­ness and faint­ing spells.

To avoid the detri­men­tal ef­fects of heat waves, the Min­istry of Health ad­vises the pub­lic to avoid ex­po­sure to di­rect sun­light, es­pe­cially be­tween the hours of 11 am and 2 pm, and to reg­u­larly drink wa­ter. It should be noted that sugar-laden drinks are not a sub­sti­tute for wa­ter as they con­trib­ute to de­hy­dra­tion. These guide­lines are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the el­derly and young who tend to be most eas­ily af­fected by ex­treme heat.

Per­sons with di­a­betes and per­sons with other chronic dis­eases are also urged to ad­here to the pre­cau­tions in­di­cated dur­ing this time.

The Min­istry of Health ad­vises pa­trons of the na­tional Jazz fes­tiv­i­ties that high lev­els of al­co­hol con­sump­tion while ex­posed to heat can in­crease the rate of de­hy­dra­tion. It is there­fore ad­vised to limit al­co­hol con­sump­tion dur­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and in­crease wa­ter in­take. Hats and cool. light-coloured pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and sun­block are also use­ful in lim­it­ing the im­pact of the heat.

The Min­istry of Health also ad­vises the adoption of per­sonal pro­tec­tive mea­sures, par­tic­u­larly at out­door events, to de­crease the pos­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing bit­ten by the Aedes Ae­gypti mos­quito. This in­cludes the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­sect re­pel­lant to ex­posed skin as rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­tur­ers. The use of light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants is also an ef­fec­tive mea­sure for re­duc­ing ex­po­sure to bites.

In adopt­ing these prac­tices, per­sons can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce their chances of be­ing ex­posed to mos­quito-borne dis­eases like Dengue Fever, Chikun­gunya and Zika.

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