UAE Temperatures Soar Above 50°C: 6,000 Workers Trained to Prevent and Manage Heat Stroke

UAE Temperatures Soar Above 50°C: 6,000 Workers Trained to Prevent and Manage Heat Stroke

UAE Temperatures Soar Above 50°C: 6,000 Workers Trained to Prevent and Manage Heat Stroke

The event will feature free medical check-ups and food gifts, along with awareness sessions aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Thousands of workers in the UAE will soon receive training to become first responders in case their colleagues suffer from heat stroke or other heat-related illnesses. This initiative is timely as the country’s temperatures have exceeded 50°C this week, ahead of the peak summer season.

Mira Shuhail, head of the special programmes division at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap), announced that “6,000 workers will be trained on how to save their colleagues in emergencies like heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other heat-related incidents.” The training and awareness programme was revealed on Wednesday during the launch of Mohap’s ‘Heat Exhaustion and Disease Prevention Campaign,’ organized in collaboration with other government entities.

Starting July 1, representatives from government bodies, alongside doctors and experts, will visit worksites and accommodations in Sharjah to raise awareness about heat exhaustion. The campaign will cover the central region of the emirate, including Al Dhaid and Al Hamriya, as well as the northwestern towns of Kalba, Khorfakkan, Dibba Al Hisn, and other territories.

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“The training programme aims to equip workers with the skills to recognize signs of heat stroke, provide first aid, and coordinate timely medical assistance,” said Shuhail. “In emergencies, workers are the closest to their colleagues and can offer immediate aid. When an ambulance arrives, doctors can then provide further necessary treatment.”

UAE Temperatures Soar
UAE Temperatures Soar

As part of the campaign, authorities will conduct health screenings for workers. Mohammed Al Zarooni, director of the Ministry’s Representative Office in Sharjah, stated, “We will conduct health checkups, such as blood pressure and diabetes tests, to monitor and maintain workers’ well-being.” To promote a healthy lifestyle, the campaign will also focus on workers’ dietary choices, offering freebies such as food, juices, and personalized meal plans.

Workers will be educated on foods and drinks that are beneficial in high-temperature environments. “These resources aim to inform workers about the types of foods that are beneficial during the summer months, emphasizing hydration and nutrition. By understanding the importance of proper diet and self-care, workers will be better equipped to maintain their health and prevent heat-related illnesses,” said Al Zarooni.

The campaign will be featured across social media channels. “We aim to impact thousands of workers in Sharjah this year, with plans to increase this number based on demand and program success,” Al Zarooni added…

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