Hot weather: Ministry issues guidelines for school children safety

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The Education ministry today advised school administrations to take precautionary measures due to the prevailing hot weather situation including that of not allowing students to engage in any physical activities outdoors between 11.00 a.m and 3.30 p.m.

Recommendations in this regard had been issued to the Education Ministry by the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine and Family Health Bureau.

The children had been identified as a high-risk group for complications such as stress, muscle cramps, the heatstroke and lung disease due to high temperature.

The Ministry had advised taking the following suitable actions for the protection of the school children.
“Provide children with water frequently, do not give very sweet drinks (High concentration of sugar), wear hats or umbrella when outside, reduce unnecessary outdoor travels, wear lighter-coloured clothing and apply water on face and hands during the hot weather,” the Ministry said in a media release.

The Ministry has also cautioned against excessive sweating and exercise in the open areas.

The Ministry also directed schools to provide sufficient drinking water and advised children to bring a paper made fan.

It had advised schools to have first-aid and medical teams for emergencies arising from hot weather. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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