The Ministry of Health warned the public to pay heed to heat rashes (mostly afflicting small children), sunburns, cramps and although rare in Sri Lanka, heat strokes, owing to the prevalent high temperature climate.

The Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality Surveillance Unit of the Family Health Bureau called on the public to be vigilant of infants, children less than four years of age and the elders over 65 years of age.

National Programme Manager – Maternal and Child Morbidity and Mortality Surveillance, Dr. Kapila Jayaratne said the intake of fluids must be increased.

Those who engage in heavy physical exertions must drink two to four glasses of water every hour, he advised adding that such was essential for old persons.

Comfortable, light coloured, loose clothing should be worn, he mentioned noting that sunscreen could also be used to protect from sunburns.