New heatwave: 11 heatstroke patients reported in KarachiSeptember 18, 2015
KARACHI: Sindh Health Department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation on Saturday re-activated heatstroke management centers across Karachi after sudden rise in temperature.
Due to heat, 11 heatstroke affected patients have been reported in different hospitals in 24 hours, out of which three from Qatar Hospital Orangi, two from Lyari General Hospital, three from Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases, one from National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and two from private hospitals. No patient died from heatstroke so far.
Emergency has already been declared in provincial government and KMC’s hospitals throughout the city. All necessary medical facilities and medicines have been provided to hospitals to avert any untoward situation. The leaves of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have been cancelled in all public hospitals.
Director Health Karachi Dr Zafar Ejaz while talking to reporter said public hospitals throughout the city has been put on high alert till the situation comes to its normality. He said emergency had been already declared in public hospitals to deal with expected heatstroke victims.
He said heatstroke control room has also been established in Civic Center and Secretary Health Sindh Office for monitoring of situation. He informed that 51 heatstroke management centers have been made re-functional across the city to provide relief heat-wave victims.
Senior Director Health & Medical Services Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Dr Salma Kausar, when contacted, informed that KMC has established 42 heatstroke relief centres in the city in view of the situation arisen due to warm weather.
She said all necessary medical facilities and medicines had been provided at these centres, besides the availability of doctors, paramedics and other staff.
She informed that emergency has been declared in all KMC hospitals to provide relief to heat-wave victims. She said leaves of medical staff has also been cancelled.
She said only three people has been affected from heatstroke so far and they are under treatment in Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases.
The names of heatstroke affected patients are Anosha Zehra, Masooma Karim and Mohammad Anwar Ali. All three cases are reported in Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases.
Renowned cardiologist at National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr Hamidullah Malik advised citizens to avoid unnecessary exposure in sun and adopt necessary precautionary measures to prevent from heatstroke.
He advised the people to avoid unnecessary exposure in sunlight, use umbrella, wear loose dress and drink cold water to prevent from heatstroke. He informed that only one heatstroke patient has been reported in NICVD so far.
In June 2015, more than 1,300 people had died from heatstroke across the city, while around 65,000 people were affected from it.