Total of 14 heatstroke cases recorded nationwide so far, says Health Ministry

KOTA BARU: The Health Ministry has recorded a total of 14 cases of heatstroke as of Friday (May 12) during the current hot spell.

Deputy Health Minister Lukanisman Awang Suani said the ministry expects this number to increase as hot weather is predicted to last until August.

"Until yesterday, there have been 14 cases but the situation is still under control and can be accommodated in health facilities nationwide.

"There were six cases reported in Kelantan, Sarawak (five) and Sabah (three) until yesterday, and most of them (seven cases) involved adults," he said after officiating the 4th Intermediate Electrocardiogram Conference 2023, organised by Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II) and Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian here on Saturday (May 13).

Lukanisman said of the 14 victims involved, 13 have recovered but one victim, an 11-year-old boy, died in Kelantan.

He said the top ministry leadership have made efforts and listened to briefings from relevant ministries and is prepared to face the prolonged hot weather and heatstroke cases.

"The Health Ministry will cooperate with the Communications and Digital Ministry to disseminate information via television and social media, and people's representatives are asked to play a role in spreading the word about the hot weather scenario in the country.

"Currently, the situation is under control, and Health Ministry facilities and hospitals are prepared to receive all cases such as heatstroke victims and those suffering from heat cramps," he said.

Meanwhile, Lukanisman said the Health Ministry, with the cooperation of the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), has also identified locations that are experiencing high temperatures for quick action including preparing health facilities.

"Parents are asked not to be overly anxious about sending their children to school, but they need to take precautions, especially to ensure their children have sufficient drinking water as well as to make sure their children do not indulge in strenuous sports.

"Padi planters, farmers and gardeners also need to be cautious during the hot weather – rest and drink enough water to avoid untoward incidents," he added. – Bernama

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