Healthy and Slim

Perfect Body

Brunei health minister advises people to limit strenuous activities amid hot weather conditions in country

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, May 14 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Brunei amid heatwaves in the country has advised the public to take precautionary measures, such as postponing or limit strenuous and if unavoidable, wear a hat or use a umbrella to protect themselves.

This is following a press statement issued by the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department on the likelihood of El-Nino occurring that will cause dry and hot weather conditions in the upcoming months in the Sultanate.

According to the ministry, excessive heat can cause a person to frequently sweat, and the lack of fluid in the body could result in exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke. Children and the elderly are the groups that are the most at risk of experiencing these health problems, the MoH said.

The public is also advised to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, avoid sugary drinks and avoid wearing dark and tight clothing.

“Do activities in a sufficient ventilation area. Do not sit or leave behind anyone or pet in a vehicle without air conditioning,” urged the ministry, adding that the public needs to be aware of early signs of heat stroke and immediately seek medical treatment if these signs are present.

Among the signs of heat stroke include a high body temperature, dizziness, less sweating even in hot weather, reddish skin, dry and hot, weakness or muscle spasm, nausea and vomiting, high heartbeat, rapid breathing, convulsions, unconsciousness and behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation or shock. – Borneo Bulletin/ANN

Read the rest

Hajj-goers get health support team

Opas: Plans airport send-off
Opas: Plans airport send-off

The Public Health Ministry will send 42 medical personnel to accompany Thai Muslims joining the Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, permanent secretary of the ministry, and assistant of the permanent secretary, Dr Suppachok Wetchaphanphesat, on Saturday said they will be at Suvarnabhumi Airport today to see off the first medical team to join pilgrims on the trip.

Dr Suppachok said that about 12,000 Thai Muslims, mostly from the South, will travel to Mecca from May 21-June 23, and return in July.

All had to pass a set of health checkups and receive vaccinations, or boosters, to protect them against influenza, meningococcal disease and Covid-19.

The ministry issued a vaccine certificate for them to keep as evidence.

He added the ministry had also provided training for Hajj health volunteers, who will coordinate with the pilgrims while working together with the medical team.

During their trip to Mecca, Dr Suppachok said the personnel would be divided into three teams with Dr Zulkifli Yusof, director of Mai Kaen Hospital in Pattani and deputy director of the Southernmost Health Development Administrative Centre, appointed as the leader of this year’s Thai Hajj Medical Office.

The rest of the volunteers and medics are expected to depart on June 2 and June 15, respectively, he said.

The Hajj goers will also be expected to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine as soon as they touch down on Thai soil on their return, said Dr Suppachok.

Meanwhile, the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre (SBPAC) responded to rumours online that they had not collected any additional charges for Muslims who wanted to go on the pilgrimage this year.

According to a statement released on Saturday by the SBPAC, it had yet to receive a budget from the government to bolster teams helping

Read the rest