Tuesday, February 7

Second death from heatstroke reported


KUALA LUMPUR: Another person has died of heatstroke, raising to two the number of people who have succumbed to the condition so far this year due to the El Nino phenomenon.

The latest fatality was 23-year-old Wan Mohd Aliff Faisal Wan Ismedi, a trainee of the basic course for young volunteer servicemen, who died on Tuesday at a polytechnic in Jitra, Kedah.

The first death from heatstroke occurred last month. A police trainee constable, Azizan Ayon, 23, died in Segamat, Johor.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said six other trainees of the young volunteer servicemen course also suffered heatstroke and were treated as outpatients.

He also said that the health ministry as of yesterday recorded 200 cases related to the heat. Dr Noor Hisham advised the people to postpone or restrict strenuous activities such as kayaking, cycling, marathon running and mountain climbing until after the heat wave had subsided.

“If outdoor activities cannot be avoided, they must shorten the period of such exercise or take longer rests and drink plenty of water,” he said. — Bernama