The hot bulletin of the Ministry of Health starts again, the circular

The Ministry of Health’s hot bulletins are starting again. This is stated in a circular signed by the Director General of Prevention Francesco Vaia and addressed to municipalities, regions and civil protection. The National Operational System for Predicting and Preventing the Effects of Heat on Health, led by the Ministry and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (with the technical cooperation of the Epidemiology Department of the Health Service of the Lazio Region – ASL Roma 1 ), allows the central coordination of local prevention activities and the activation of the national heat wave forecast/warning system, called the Heat Health Watch Warning System. This last tool allowing preventive interventions to be modulated according to the climate risk levels will be active from today, Monday, May 20, until September 20 (and if risk conditions persist, levels 2 and 3, the warning bulletin will also be sent during the period from 21 until September 30) in the regional capitals and in municipalities with more than 200,000 inhabitants.

The cities included in the system are 27: Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Bolzano, Brescia, Cagliari, Campobasso, Catania, Civitavecchia, Florence, Frosinone, Genoa, Latina, Messina, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rieti, Rome, Turin, Trieste, Venice, Verona, Viterbo. The bulletins can be consulted on the ministerial portal in the zone dedicated to heat waves. As in previous years, the program of activities includes the daily preparation of the specific city bulletin, its sending to the competent local reference center for social-health prevention interventions and its publication on the website of the Ministry of Health for general information for the population, reports the circular.

The bulletin indicates the usual 4 risk levels: level 0, no risk; level 1, low risk expected for the next 24-72 hours; level 2, high risk expected for the next 24-72 hours; Level 3, high risk conditions that persist for 3 or more consecutive days over the next 24-48 hours.

Finally, according to the World Health Organization, the circular reminds us that healthcare must be prepared for the occurrence of possible health emergencies related to heat waves. “In the month of June, a survey will be conducted collecting information on the planned activities at the local level” and “health recommendations in response to the heat will be available in the dedicated space of the ministerial portal”. A health surveillance system for the population in urban areas, based on the Rapid Daily Mortality Detection System (SISMG), will also be operational, and in some sentinel structures a real-time surveillance system for access to emergency rooms will also be operational. Both systems will make it possible to monitor health effects in a timely manner in the event of adverse weather conditions.