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Tackling the heat: Drinking normal tap water is safe

 Dr. Thilak Siriwardhana-Dr. Inoka Suraweera
Dr. Thilak Siriwardhana-Dr. Inoka Suraweera

The people should drink more water during this hot weather and the light coloured urine is an indicator/measurement for an adequate quantity of water in the body, Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Unit of the Health Ministry Dr. Thilak Siriwardhana said.

Addressing a press conference held at the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) in Colombo yesterday, he urged people not to drink bottled water but rather normal tap water supplied by the National Water Supply Board, which is safe to drink. The water can, however, be contaminated when stored in various tanks at homes, offices and such places.

The intense heat poses a danger to human health and people die in heatwaves in other countries. Sri Lanka should not become one of those countries where people die from the intense heat.

Consultant Community Physician attached to the Environmental and Occupational Health Unit of the Health Ministry Dr. Inoka Suraweera said that infants, children, elderly and the people who suffer from chronic diseases such as heart diseases are in the high risk category when it comes to heat related health problems. Traffic police officers and labourers who work in construction sites and farmers among others are also in the high risk group.

The people should not drink sweetened or carbonated drinks as a substitute for water.

If people do not recover with first aid, medical treatment should be sought immediately for heat related health issues such as fainting, heat cramps, heat stress, extreme tiredness, she said.


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