Kulluna is urging the public to take precautions to stay safe from the heat and be aware of the rising temperatures as part of its ongoing ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign.
Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Chairman of Kulluna and the Director of Hamad International Training Centre, said heat-related illnesses can damage the brain and other organs and, in extreme cases, cause death.
Dr. Saifeldeen said children, in particular, are more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses as their bodies do not get rid of the heat as well as adults do.
He said parents need to ensure that children are protected as much as possible from the heat during the hottest months by keeping them out of direct sunlight and encouraging them to drink plenty of water when they are playing. Leaving children in cars or in direct sunlight during the summer heat can lead to the development of serious heat-related complications and even death.
Within 10 minutes, the temperature inside a vehicle can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature; after 30 minutes the vehicle’s temperature can be up to 34 degrees hotter.
“The aim of the ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign is to reduce the number of heat related illnesses by educating the public, particularly those who work or spend time outdoors, as well as employers, about how to stay safe in the heat,” he said.
“We also want to help people recognize the early signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses in order to prevent cases becoming more serious.”
For people working outdoors, staying hydrated and taking breaks from being in direct sunlight is very important in preventing heat stroke.
Dr. Saifeldeen said that during the summer months, Hamad General Hospital’s Emergency Department sees numerous cases of heat related illnesses.
Kulluna is promoting its heat awareness messages by visiting popular outdoor venues, construction sites and giving away information leaflets. The leaflets have been translated into five languages including Arabic, English, Hindi, Malayalam, and Nepalese to spread the messages to as many people as possible.
Detailed information on how to keep safe from the negative effects of the hot weather can be found at: www.kulluna.qa and Facebook/kullunaqatar.