Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Health Ministry attributes 8 deaths to nationwide heat wave

The Health Ministry reported that eight people have died as of Friday due to the heat wave hitting the country. 

Of the total deaths, three were reported in Veracruz, two in Quintana Roo, two in Sonora and one in Oaxaca. These states have all registered temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the National Meteorological Service. 

CDMX heat wave hydration
Staying properly hydrated in these conditions is essential, the Health Ministry has warned Mexicans in light of the heat wave currently affecting 30 of Mexico’s 32 states. (Daniel Augusto/Cuartoscuro)

There have been 487 cases of illness due to extreme heat this season. 

In response to the heat wave, the Health Ministry issued the following recommendations to avoid heat stroke, dehydration or sunburn. 

  • Consume at least two liters of purified water each day.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when the temperature reaches its highest levels. 
  • Wear light clothing. 
  • Use sunscreen and a hat or umbrella, and wear sunglasses. 
  • Find shady, cool and well-ventilated spaces. 
  • Cool vehicles before driving. 

The ministry also recommended paying special attention to vulnerable groups, such as children under the age of six, the elderly and those with other health conditions such as heart disease. 

The symptoms of heat stroke are a sudden increase in body temperature, hot or dry skin without sweating, confusion or loss of consciousness, frequent vomiting, shortness of breath or trouble breathing. It is recommended that individuals experiencing these symptoms rest, rehydrate and remain in a cool place. 

According to scientists and researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a fourth heat wave could hit Mexico as soon as July 1. Higher than average temperatures are expected to last until October. This has caused a drop in precipitation, leading to lower water storage levels in the country’s reservoirs. 

With reports from El Financiero and Informador 

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