Public Health warns people of heatstroke as mercury may rise to 43C
The rising temperature is raising the risk of heatstroke, the Public Health Ministry warns on Sunday.
The ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Sopon Mekthon thus advised people to drink two litres of water a day during summer to lower the risk. It is predicted that Mercury may soar as high as 43 degrees Celsius over the next seven weeks.
According to the Disease Control Department, 21 people succumbed to heatstroke in Thailand between March 1 and April 17, 2016. Victims were between 29 and 72 years old. Most of them died in public places.
Heatstroke risks are high among people who have carried out their activities under the sun for a long time, young children, the elderly, people with chronic diseases such as hypertension, obese people, those who have not had enough sleep, and heavy drinkers.