Children, expectant mothers at risk, stay hydrated: SLMA | Sri Lanka News

Children, expectant mothers, the elderly and those taking treatment for various illnesses are at risk of dehydration due to the extreme temperatures recorded in Sri Lanka, President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne said. 

“Those at risk should limit exposure to sunlight and stay hydrated to avoid dehydration. An adult should drink at least 2.5 litres of water,” he said. 

Dr. Ariyaratne urged schoolchildren to be kept away from outdoor activities, especially non-essential outdoor functions.

“Children must be provided with space to play indoors or in the shade. Small children should be encouraged to wear protective hats or caps when outdoors,” he added. 

Employers meanwhile, must take care to look into the needs of their employees and adjusting work timetables if necessary, Dr. Ariyaratne said. “There are some areas of work which are essential to be carried out, but employers must take care to provide the workers with appropriate facilities, and adjust their schedules if necessary,” he said.

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