Health alerts by mobile in scorching summer

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, MADRID — Health officials in Andalucia are to send mobile phone text messages to residents sensitive to high temperatures warning them of any heatwave. The scheme particularly targets the elderly and the infirm living alone, as well as parents of children aged under four, health authorities said, although others can also ask for the service.

30 May 2005

MADRID — Health officials in Andalucia are to send mobile phone text messages to residents sensitive to high temperatures warning them of any heatwave.
 
The scheme particularly targets the elderly and the infirm living alone, as well as parents of children aged under four, health authorities said, although others can also ask for the service.

In the southern city of Cordoba, for example, residents would be sent a text warning as soon as temperatures hit 41 Celsius (105.9 Fahrenheit).
 
Madrid also unveiled a three-month campaign to begin Wednesday aimed at preventing heat-related ailments, including a Red Cross telephone hotline.

The Spanish government foresees a slightly hotter summer than last year, when the health ministry logged 39 heat-related deaths.

In 2003, a brutally hot European summer which left thousands dead in neighbouring France officially killed 141 people in Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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