ISLAMABAD: Last year’s horrendous heat waves in the country, especially in Sindh remind of the need to stay safe and cool by avoiding the scorching sun and eating and drinking foods that keep the body hydrated and protected.
According to health experts, summer is the time to change the way of living and eat and drink foods that are helpful in saving oneself from the scorching sun and hot and humid weather.
Those people who have to go outdoors, stay under the sun and work in the heat, need to take extra precautionary steps to avoid heatstroke, dehydration and other health problems.
Pakistan is a land of many seasons and like other parts of the world, it is also impacted by the affects of climate change and its summers are getting harsher and difficult for people especially those who lack means to protect themselves from the burning sun.
The year 2015, was traumatic as in Sindh alone, according to health officials, more than 1000 people lost their lives in heat waves that swept the province in June and July.
According to officials about 40,000 people had suffered heatstroke and as many as 7,500 of them were treated only at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi.
One way to beat the heat is to eat fruits of summer which help in keeping the body hydrated and composed.
Pakistan has wide range of delicious fruits of summer. The king of fruits mango and water melon is great favorites of the people.
While other fruits like apricot, peaches, plums, melons of different varieties and grapes are in high demand among the populace. These fruits are widely enjoyed at homes as they have great flavour and taste.
As temperatures will soar, people will flock to refreshment centers in cities and towns in increasing numbers to drink juices and milkshakes and eat “fruit chaat”.
A nutritionist said these drinks relieve thirst, provide essential energy and strength to the body and meet nutritional needs of the body.
As the temperatures are creeping up in different parts of the country including Rawalpindi and Islamabad, sales of juices, milkshakes and soft drinks are already picking up.
Many vendors who sell winter items like dry fruits and soups have switched to selling drinks like lemon soda and sherbets.
At homes, people are increasingly using milk products like yogurt, lassi and other drinks.
Medical experts will be constantly advising people in the weeks ahead to stay indoors or under the shade during the day, wear loose clothes and avoid harsh midday sun.