Outdoor workers urged to avoid direct exposure to sunlight

MUSCAT, may 13 – Workers or those who engage in any kind of outdoor activities for a prolonged period during day are vulnerable to medical emergencies associated with high temperatures, said the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA). These emergency health problems will pose a threat to their lives if medical care is not provided immediately, said PACDA in its advisory. The important reasons cited include not drinking enough water, exposure to direct sunlight for a long time, wearing tight clothes and physical exertion in hot and humid atmosphere.

The symptoms include excessive sweating, headaches, diarrhoea, body weakness, dizziness, pain and cramps in fingers, arms, legs and abdominal pain, in addition to loss of consciousness. PACDA urged workers engaged in outdoor activities to drink enough water and avoid exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods. Transfer the casualty to the shade away from direct sunlight or a cool place if possible. Workers should be also taken to the nearest health institutions as soon as possible.