The Punjab Health Department has issued an advisory to ensure the safety of students during the country’s severe heatwave.
According to the advisory, the Health Department has recommended that schools and colleges open and close earlier than usual to protect students from the heat.
The Health Department has also requested that sports be suspended in educational institutions until the heatwave is over. It has also requested that students sit in classrooms with adequate ventilation.
To ensure that students stay hydrated throughout the day, the department wants to set up emergency help desks in schools and colleges. Students affected by the extreme heat will also receive first aid at the help desks.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) recently issued a warning that a severe heatwave will hit the country this week as temperatures remain significantly above normal.
Daytime temperatures will remain 7-9°C above normal in Islamabad, upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir. Daytime temperatures will remain 6-8°C above normal in upper and central Sindh, central and south Punjab, and most of Balochistan.