Heatwave alarm phase put into action
22 June 2005, BRUSSELS — Due to the continued warm weather, Health Minister Rudy Demotte has put the government's new 'heatwave' alarm plan into operation.
22 June 2005
BRUSSELS — Due to the continued warm weather, Health Minister Rudy Demotte has put the government's new 'heatwave' alarm plan into operation.
The alarm phase started on Wednesday afternoon and will continue until Saturday afternoon.
The average minimum temperature over this period is expected to be 19 degrees Celsius. The average maximum is forecast to be 30 degrees.
Consequently, the meteorological pre-condition for the heatwave plan has been met, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
The Health Ministry's special 'medical guard' team sent a note to health inspectors, family doctors, emergency services, hospitals and nursing homes on Wednesday.
The OCMW public social welfare institutes are also being made aware of the alarm phase so that they can report any problems.
From 4pm, the ministry's medical guard team started monitoring nursing homes.
Earlier this week, it was not expected that average temperatures would be warm enough for the government's new heatwave plan to be put into action.
The government is hoping to prevent deaths due to the heat, dehydration and fatigue.
The Health Ministry's call centre is available on 02 524 9797, while the medical
guard unit can be reached on 02 524 9797.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news