Stay hydrated during hot weather, DPM urges Malaysians


PONTIAN: The public has been urged to take the necessary measures to stay hydrated during the current hot spell.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the National Disaster Committee chairman, said the heat wave should be taken seriously.

“We held a meeting with state governments, the Health Ministry and local governments – not only to monitor the situation, but to help those affected by the heat stroke as a result of climate change.

“I was told that the Malaysian Meteorological Department forecasts that the hot season will last until mid-May so the rakyat are advised to drink lots of water,” he told reporters.

Ahmad Zahid was attending the Pontian Umno Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Benut here on Friday (April 28).

On Tuesday (April 25) an 11-year-old boy in Kampung Perupok, Bachok, Kelantan died from heat stroke.

The victim, Muhamad Syamil Aqil, died at 9.27am while receiving treatment at a clinic, according to Sinar Harian.

On Thursday (April 27), another child died from heat stroke at Kampung Kota in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

The victim’s father, Ahmad Faris Fazli Mohd Nasir, said Nur Imani, who was one year and seven months old, began coughing a week ago and was vomiting.

"The post-mortem showed that the cause of death was heat stroke. She was dehydrated and her lungs had shrunk,” Ahmad Faris was quoted as saying by Astro Awani.

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