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Friday, March 18, 2016

Police cadet becomes first heatstroke fatality

PUTRAJAYA - A 23-year-old police cadet has become the country's first heatstroke fatality, a mere two days after he joined the Segamat Police Training Centre (Pulapol), Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam said today.

Azizan Ayob died of multiple organ failure at the Segamat hospital on Wednesday night.

Speaking to the media at his office today, Dr Subramaniam said to date 11 cases of heat exhaustion and three cases of heatstroke have been reported nationwide.

"We have a guideline advising Malaysians to take the current weather condition seriously and take precautionary measures. These includes drinking sufficient water, reducing outdoor activities and wearing comfortable and protective clothing," he added.

The Health Minister also advised training centres like the police academy, armed forces and the Youth and Sports Ministry to reduce outdoor and physical activities.

"Agencies like the police, army and other uniformed bodies should reduce their outdoor and physical activities. If the physical activities are done indoors then there isn't a problem. Marathons and race organisers should also take the necessary measures due to the weather," Dr Subramaniam said.

The global heat wave or Equinox phenomenon currently faced by Malaysia is expected to continue until April.

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