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LOCAL doctors are suggesting expatriate staff at country pavilions pay attention to their health and not work too hard, especially as the weather gets hotter.

"As the temperature keeps rising, Expo staff should drink more water and not get too tired," Yin Zhifa, a hospital official, said yesterday.

"Those with chronic diseases should take medicine regularly and visit doctors whenever feeling sick."

Doctors at Punan Hospital, a 5-minute walk from the Expo village which accommodates pavilion staff and expatriate performers for World Expo, have treated over 20 patients from different countries since the event started on May 1.

"Most patients suffered from colds, digestive problems, heatstroke symptoms, physical injuries and incidents of chronic disease, like heart troubles and hypertension," Yin said.

"We've also diagnosed several women as being pregnant. We congratulated them and offered appropriate help and consultation."

The hospital also provides birth control measures and advice "We suggest people take contraceptive measures if they don't plan to start a family," Yin said.

Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission said free condoms are available at Expo village as well as health literature.

The director of Myanmar Pavilion suffered a heart attack on May 17 and was taken to Punan Hospital for treatment. "We were told she had a heart disease history provided treatment," Yin said.

"We suggested hospitalization for further observation. But she went back to her busy job at the pavilion, so we advised regular rest and that she return if feeling sick."

Many patients also received traditional Chinese medicine while visiting the local hospital and reported good results.

Acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies were popular among expatriate patients.


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