Beat the Heat: Staying Safe During Indonesia's Recent Heatwave

by dr. Almer Deta Tarandhabullet
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Beat the Heat: Staying Safe During Indonesia's Recent Heatwave
Beat the Heat: Staying Safe During Indonesia's Recent Heatwave

Indonesia, along with much of Southeast Asia, has been experiencing scorching heatwave in recent weeks. While hot weather is typical in the region, current temperatures exceed normal highs, posing health risks to everyone.

Soaring temperatures

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported several regions have exceeded temperatures of 35°C. For instance, Surabaya recently recorded a high of 38°C. Meanwhile, the BMKG estimates Jakarta will reach at least 35 °C until August. This hot weather can lead to heat-related ailments, including heatstroke, which can be life-threatening.

Preventing heatstroke

GWS Medika wants to remind everyone of the importance of staying cool and hydrated during this heatwave. Here are some tips to prevent heatstroke:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Aim for at least two liters (8 cups) of fluids daily. Limit your intake of sugary drinks and coffee to avoid dehydration.
  • Seek shade and air conditioning. Minimize outdoor activities between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the hottest part of the day. Stay in air-conditioned areas or seek shade if outdoors.

  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing. Cotton and other natural fabrics allow your skin to breathe. Avoid tight-fitting clothes or dark colors, which absorb heat.

  • Protect your head. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and head from the sun.

  • Take cool showers or baths: Regularly cool down your body with a cool shower or bath.

Recognizing heatstroke

If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms of heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Extremely high body temperature (above 40°C)
  • Confusion, disorientation, or slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Seizures

Treating heatstroke

While waiting for medical assistance, take these initial steps to treat heatstroke:

  • Move the person to a cool, shaded area.
  • Remove excess clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet clothes to the person's skin.
  • Offer cool fluids if the person is conscious and able to swallow.

GWS Medika is here to help

If you experience any concerning symptoms during this heatwave, please don't hesitate to visit the nearest GWS Medika Clinic or contact our hotline. Our healthcare professionals are ready to provide the necessary care to ensure your safety and well-being.

Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed!

ReferenceBMKG. Accessed in 2024. Prakiraan Cuaca Indonesia. CDC Accessed in 2024. Heat Stress. Mayo Clinic. Accessed in 2024. Heatstroke.