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District Administration prepares detailed Action Plan for heat related illness in the district

Punjab Tribune Bureau | June 12, 2019 05:08 PM
Punjab Tribune Bureau

JALANDHAR: In order to combat the Heatwave that characterizes with an abnormally high temperature in the region, the district administration has prepared a detailed Action plan for managing Heat-related illness in the district.

Divulging the details, the Additional Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kulwant Singh, who was currently officiating as the Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar, said that the extreme temperatures and resultant atmospheric conditions adversely affect people living in the region thereby resulting in minor heat-related illnesses and major heat-related Illnesses like exertion associated collapse, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Thus, he said that a two-pronged strategy involving surveillance of heat-related illnesses and the constitution of District level Rapid Response Team (RRT) has been adopted to deal with it. Mr. Kulwant Singh said that the team headed by Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr. Kamal Kishore and Medical Officer Dr. Satish Kumar has been constituted to undertake the investigation of the outbreaks.

The Additional Deputy Commissioner further said that treatment facilities for all such cases would be provided in all the Government hospitals of the district. He further said that instructions have been issued to all block Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) to ensure availability of IRS, Intravenous fluids and other logistics for the management of a case of heat-related illness adding that sensitization of health staff to deal with such cases has been already done. Mr. Kulwant Singh further said that a helpline number 0181-2224848 has been started to report any such case.

 District level rapid response team constituted, health staff kept on high alert

Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon Dr. Rajesh Kumar Bagga appealed the people to keep their homes cool, drink plenty of fluids, move to the coolest room in the home, avoid going outside during the hottest time of the day, avoid strenuous physical activity, stay in the shade, do not leave children or animals in a parked vehicle, keep the body cool and hydrated, take cool showers or baths, wear light, loose-fitting clothes of natural materials, wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap and sunglasses during outing, drink water regularly and avoid beverages with alcohol, seek medical advice if suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications, try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature, rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms, most often in the legs, arms or abdomen, in case of Heat-related illness. He further said that Medical attention was must if heat cramps were sustained for more than one hour, a doctor must be consulted if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist. Dr. Bagga said that vulnerable age groups for heat-related illness involve people above 65, infants and young children, pregnant women, outdoor workers, destitute and other low income population, the shelterless population in urban settings, athletes or people who exercise vigorously in hot environment and others.

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