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Ministry of Health and Wellness urges protection of students from heat stress

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2024. 10:51 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Soaring temperatures continue to contribute to hot weather in Belize.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging parents and school administrators to protect students from heat stress.

You can look out for symptoms such as:

Headaches

Cramping

Dry or stickylips/mouth

Rapid breathing/

heartbeat

Vomiting

Fainting

The Ministry noted that it is important to “cool first, transport second” if a child is experiencing severe symptoms of heat-related illness.

“You can also move them to cool area, apply wet towels or cloth to the forehead, neck, and armpits.

Take the child immediately to the nearest health facility if you are unsure about the symptoms or if the child is not responding,” the Ministry urged.

 

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