Eight regions will risk dehydration, health Minister warns

By Stephen TADAHA

Eight out of Cameroon’s ten regions are facing a potential threat of elevated temperatures surpassing regional norms, which could predispose the populace to health hazards like dehydration, cautioned the Minister of Public Health.

Based on climate change data analysis spanning March, April, and May, the National Observatory on Climate Change identified only the West and South West Regions as exempt from this phenomenon.

In a recent press release, Dr. Manaouda Malachie urged public awareness while delineating preventive measures to mitigate the extreme conditions.

‘Given the adverse health implications of such climate fluctuations, the Minister of Public Health emphasizes the importance for all, including those in good health, to adopt precautionary measures during periods of extreme heat and promptly seek medical attention if warning signs manifest,’ the statement highlights.

Indicators of potential dehydration encompass symptoms like cramps, headaches, nausea, unusual fatigue, intense
thirst, reduced urine output, darkened urine, dry mouth, parched skin, and diminished skin elasticity.

To preemptively address the situation, the Public Health Authority advises residents of affected regions to:

Maintain adequate hydration by consuming water consistently throughout the day.

Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activities during peak temperature hours.

Seek shelter in shaded areas and don lightweight, breathable attire.

Utilize fans or air conditioning where available to lower body temperature.

Keep a close eye on vulnerable demographics such as the elderly, individuals with chronic illnesses, and children.

Regularly dampen the body to stay cool.

Ensure proper ventilation in homes, particularly in the early morning and evenings.

Avoid alcohol consumption, which exacerbates dehydration.

Source: Cameroon News Agency