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May 25, 2020

Heat wave: Ambulances to operate at full capacity

Meteorologists expect air temperatures of over 35 °C and a temperature-humidity index over the critical threshold of 80 units.

The severe heat watch alert issued by meteorologists for the weekend has set Bucharest authority afire. Health Minister Cseke Attila yesterday asked public health directorates and ambulance services to operate at full capacity during the extreme heat period.

According to a release from the Ministry of Health (MS), quoted by Mediafax, ambulance services will supplement the number of team and will keep them on alert where the number of calls will grow. At the same time, public health directorates will need to work with the local authorities and set up aid points for people in distress.

Yesterday, the Bucharest Prefecture signed a protocol with the big pharmacy chains in Bucharest who will offer specialised assistance to individuals affected by heat. Bucharest residents will now be able to receive help in 470 pharmacies belonging to the Dona, Sensiblu, Richter, Help Net, City Pharma, Farmaplus, Belladonna, Reteta, Vitafarm, Catena Help Farm, Alissa and Rofarm networks, Bucharest Prefecture informs.

The authorities have also set up first aid tents with air-conditioning in Bucharest, where people can cool down, drink cold water and receive assistance from medical staff. After a meeting with representatives of the Bucharest-Ilfov Ambulance Service, SMURD, Hospital and Medical Service Authority, sector and central Bucharest municipalities, Bucharest Prefect Mihai Cristian Atanasoaei decided that all fountains in Bucharest would work permanently and streets would only be washed at night time, before 5 am, to prevent a rise of the temperature-humidity index.
‘At this point, we are on the most extended weather watch alert so far this year. The authorities are prepared to support the population, but the public is also asked to follow the doctors’ advice and avoid, as much as possible, going out between 11.00h and 17.00h. Every municipality has opened a hotline for emergencies and the ambulance service operates at full capacity’, said the prefect of the Capital. The Hospital Adminis­tration has set up a total of 13 heat relief tents in areas of intense pedestrian traffic: University – Faculty of Architecture, Cismigiu Park – in front of the Prefecture, Charles de Gaulle Square – Herastrau Park, North Station, 11 Iunie Square, Romana Square – near the underground station, Crangasi, Roma Square, Carol Park, East Station, Dristor underground station, Victoriei Square and Titan underground station.

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