July knocks on doors and the hot weather arrives. This year Palermo will also be monitored by the Ministry of Health, which has resumed in the daily publication on the portal of the heat waves in Italy with the aim of preventing the negative effects of the heat on health, especially of the most fragile people. “The bulletins – explain by the Ministry – are prepared by the Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Region, within the framework of the national operating system for forecasting and preventing the effects of heat on health, coordinated by the ministry. They are published, as every year from Monday to Friday, from mid-May to mid-September “.
The operating system is located in 27 Italian cities and makes it possible to identify, for each specific urban area, the weather-climatic conditions at risk to health, especially of vulnerable subjects: the elderly, chronically ill, children, pregnant women. The cities monitored are: Palermo, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Cagliari, Campobasso, Catania, Civitavecchia, Florence, Frosinone, Genoa, Latina, Messina, Milan, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rieti, Rome, Turin, Trieste, Venice, Verona, Viterbo.
“This year – explain from the Ministry of Health – the planning of prevention activities is particularly relevant in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic and its evolution in the coming months. Consequently, the activities relating to 2020 will be reshaped taking into account the concomitant risk linked to the ongoing epidemic, with particular regard to the most vulnerable population subgroups “.
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The heat wave bulletins can also be consulted through the Warm and Health App, created by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Epidemiology Department of the Health Service of the Lazio Region – ASL Rome 1.