The 4th week of July had the highest number of people suffering heat stroke in ten years

The 4th week of July had the highest number of people suffering heat stroke in ten years

Heat stroke: Hottest summer alert in 2017 (weekly)


August 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the number counted weekly at 23 medical institutions in Okinawa, the number of heat stroke patients from July 16 to 22 (the 8th week of summer) was 119, and in the weekly summary, it was the highest in the past ten years.

The number from July 23 to 29 (the 9th week of summer), which the prefecture announced on the 3rd, increased by 15 compared to the same period last year. The prefecture’s Regional Healthcare Department plans to take measures against heat stroke with “Koekake” (a coined term for hydrating frequently, avoiding staying under the hot sun, improving ventilation, and maintaining good health).

The prefecture counts the number of heat stroke patients in 23 medical institutions from June 1 every year.

At the beginning of the counting, the number of patients was small. The number gradually increased, and a total of 518 people have had heat stroke between June 1 and July 29.

The total number up to the 9th week of this year was 124 people less than the number from last year.

Since July 30, hot weather has continued every day, with Okinawa recording its highest temperature in observation history, so there is a possibility the number of patients will increase.

392 people developed heat stroke in outdoor places, and 126 people developed it indoor. For outdoor, “construction site” had the largest number with 160 people, 55 people in playgrounds and 48 people in farmlands.

For indoor, not using air conditioning caused the high temperatures in rooms. Elderly patients also continue to suffer from heat stroke. A prefectural official said, “Especially for elderly people, it is hard to feel the heat, so please improve ventilation and drink water frequently.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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