Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) is reminding all Gippsland residents to take careful note of the maximum temperatures this week and prepare their days accordingly.
GML Board Chair Dr Nola Maxfield issued the reminder as the temperatures across Gippsland are forecast to touch 40 degrees C for the remainder of the week.
“We are urging all Gippsland residents across the region to take care in these extreme temperatures and to follow advice on avoiding the heat,” said Dr Maxfield.
“Heatwaves can affect any member of our community; particularly our older and young members are more vulnerable.
“Excessive exposure can lead to illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke which may be fatal.”
Dr Maxfield said the most important things to remember are:
- keep cool
- drink plenty of water
- stay out of the sun
- take extra care when trying to sleep with high overnight temperatures
- look after yourself and others who may not be able to cope so well
The state government has issued its own advice on the dangers of heat-related stress on the community, and these resources on ways to avoid the heat can be found at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwaves-community-resources.htm
The Department of Health has also identified heat health temperature thresholds for Victoria, above which heat-related illness and mortality increases substantially.
Heat health alerts will be issued as Chief Health Officer (CHO) alerts and will be available from the Chief Health Officer’s website.
Full media release can be found here : GML Endorses Heat Warnings this Week