Heat stroke claims 61 lives this year

Heat stroke claims 61 lives this year

Deaths increase by two-thirds in 2023, and the threat persists even during the rainy season.

Heat stroke claims 61 lives this year
On March 30th, visitors can use parasols to shield themselves from the intense sunlight while others can use their hats close to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. ( Photo: Apichart Jinakul )

The Ministry of Public Health announced on Friday that 61 people had died from heat injury this season, up from 37 in 2023.

Most of the deaths ( 33 ) were reported in the northeastern region, followed by 13 in the central and western regions and 10 in the North, said Dr Apichart Vachiraphan, deputy director- general of the Department of Disease Control ( DDC ).

Many of the victims of heat strokes were frequently drinking users and outdoor workers. Many of them had underlying medical conditions. The standard number of warmth- related incidents from 2018 to Perhaps 7 this year was 200, he said.

Despite the appearance of weather, heat stroke, which can lead to organ failure and also death, remains a risk in some parts of the country that have great heat, said Dr Apichart.

Signs of heat stroke include body dryness without sweating, a rapid pulse, headaches, dizziness, confusion and coma. Before seeking medical attention, people who are suspected of having a heat stroke should include their brain cooled as quickly as possible.

Individuals are advised to avoid outdoor activities from 11am to 3pm, stay hydrated, desist from coffee drinks, alcoholic drinks or drinks with high sugar content, and wear loose clothing. People who work outdoor should take frequent breaks in the color.