Death toll of sunstroke crosses 600 mark in Karachi

June 22, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: At least 600 people lost their lives in Karachi due to ongoing heat-waves in last three days, as per the figures of the government-run hospitals of the city.

As many as 285 people died or were brought dead to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in three days , 85 in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital,94 in Civil hospital Karachi, 51 in National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, 32 in Qatar Hospital Orangi, 17 in Lyari General Hospital, while rest of the deaths were reported from other hospitals of Sindh government or KMC across the city during last three days.

Head of Emergency Department JPMC Dr Seemin Jamali, said over 3,500 heatstroke patients were treated in the hospital in last three days out of them 285 people died.

Meanwhile, an Edhi Mortuary volunteer and hospital sources said there is no space left to keep more bodies in the hospitals and Edhi mortuary.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Pakistan Army have set up Heatstroke Relief Centers in various areas of city, where doctors and paramedical staff equipped with modern medical equipment are providing treatment to the heatstroke patients.

Over 100 people have died from scorching heat in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center in last 24 hours, 50 in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, while 59 deaths were reported from Sindh’s largest teaching hospital Civil Hospital Karachi during last 24 hours.

Senior Director, Medical & Health Services, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Dr Salma Kausar said the heat wave has claimed the life of 112 people in KM-run hospitals so far.

Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz said 436 people have died from current heat-waves in across the across the city in last three days.

A Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center employee Jamil Ahmed died of heat stroke, while dozens others went unconscious by performing their duties. The affected employees are under treatment in the hospital.

Pakistan Muslim League’s Sindh chapter President Haleem Adil Sheikh said Pakistan Army, Sindh Rangers, media and volunteer organizations have been actively playing their role to provide maximum relief to the heat-affected people of Karachi but unfortunately federal and provincial run disaster management institutions have failed to play their role in such critical times.

He demanded of the government to stop unannounced load-shedding and ensure proper supply of drinking water to the citizens in this scorching heat.