Kerala Revives 'Water-Bell' System as Temperature Soars


As temperatures rise, Kerala schools are reintroducing the 'water-bell' system, initially implemented in 2019 to combat heat-related health risks. Following Kerala's lead, Karnataka and Telangana have also adopted this hydration initiative. The 'water-bell' system orchestrates short breaks throughout the day, allowing students to hydrate and reduce the risk of heat-induced ailments like headaches and urinary tract infections. The bell rings twice daily, at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, reminding students to drink water amidst their studies.

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The move comes amidst warnings from the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority about elevated temperatures, particularly in districts like Kannur, Kottayam, Kozhikode, and Alappuzha. The agency advises precautionary measures, including avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, to prevent heat-related illnesses. Students' well-being is a paramount concern, especially during school hours, where prolonged exposure to hot temperatures can lead to dehydration and health complications. 

 

Studies indicate that many students neglect hydration during school, exacerbating issues like headaches and urinary infections. Recognising the importance of safe drinking water for students, the 'water-bell' initiative aligns with United Nations guidelines emphasizing universal access to clean water. India faces challenges in ensuring adequate water consumption among children, making initiatives like the 'water bell' crucial for safeguarding students' health and well-being in schools.

 

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