Nagpur: With the mercury rising in the city, the Additional Municipal Commissioner Ram Joshi asked the concerned departments in the civic body to initiate appropriate measures for preventing casualties by heatstroke. Joshi directed the authorities to implement Heat Action Plan which aims at bringing down deaths due to extreme heat.
The Health Department of NMC has activated the Heat Action Plan 2019 for the citizens of the city. The meeting of Heatstroke Prevention Coordination Committee was held on Tuesday at the chamber of Municipal Commissioner in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Administrative Building of the civic body. The meeting was attended by Health Officer Dr Sarita Kamdar, Nodal Officer of Heat Action Plan Dr Manjusha Mathpati, Coordinator Dr Vivekanand Mathpati, Assistant Commissioners Mahesh Morone, Prakash Varade, Subhash Jaideo, Raju Bhivgade, Ganesh Rathod, Smita kale, Suvarna Dakhne, GMCH’s Dr Nilesh Agrawal, Met Department’s A V Gole, Collector Office’s Ankush Gawande and others.
Joshi further directed to form teams in every zone and initiate measures such as installing green nets at crowded places, water kiosks, opening of gardens from morning to evening as cool shelters, green nets at all NMC hospitals, and other measures.
The Health Department of NMC has issued an advisory to citizens on precautions to be taken to avoid sunstroke and other heat related complications. The NMC has described causes of sunstroke, its symptoms and preventive measures and treatment. These are as follows:
Causes of sunstroke: Exposure to heat for a prolonged period of time. The summer heat proves fatal. Working in boiler rooms of factories, glass factories or rooms having excess heat, tight clothing etc.
Symptoms: Heat exhaustion is where a person experiences fatigue (extreme tiredness), high fever, dry skin, loss of appetite, fainting, lethargic feeling, headache, high blood pressure, uneasiness and unconsciousness, etc.
Preventive steps: Stay out of the sun during hottest parts of the day, avoid extreme physical exertion, avoid dark coloured cloths that suck heat, use loose, white cloths, have plenty of water, juices, eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content, avoid working in sun off and on, rest in shadows, wear goggles, caps, scarves while going out in the sun, etc.
Treatment: Patients should be kept in airy rooms, keep fans, coolers in rooms, try to bring temperature down, bathe patients with ice water, apply cool cloth strips on forehead, ice packs, administer saline as preliminary treatment. Thereafter, immediately take advise from expert doctors.