Published On : Thu, May 7th, 2015

Workshop on ‘Developing Heat Action Plan for Nagpur,’ first of its kind, to be held on May 8, 9


Nagpur: A two-day workshop of importance will be organized by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on the topic “Understanding climate change & developing Heat Action Plan for the city of Nagpur” on May 8 and 9. The workshop will take place at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Ramdaspeth. The workshop has been organized jointly by NMC and Public Health Department of Maharashtra.

In the year 2013, the first Heat Action Plan was prepared in Ahmedabad, the first in entire Asia Continent. Now, the second Heat Action Plan is being prepared in Nagpur. Hence the workshop assumes greater significance.

For the success of the workshop, being organized within a short notice, a team of Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir, Nodal Officer Dr Anil Chivhane, and other medical officers are working hard under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar. Nagpur is known for its harsh summer with mercury climbing to 45-48 degree Celsius in May and June every year. The extreme heat takes heavy toll in the form of sunstroke and subsequent deaths of many patients. The workshop will provide dozens of measures to citizens on how to protect themselves from the scorching heat.

On May 8, the workshop will be inaugurated at the hands of Mayor Pravin Datke and Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar. Other dignitaries who will attend the event include Ruling Party Leader in NMC Dayashankar Tiwari, Chairman of Standing Committee Ramesh Shingare, and others. In the workshop, a team of experts from Ahmedabad will provide guidance on Heat Action Plan. The event is of two days and the Principal Secretary, Public Health Department will speak on various topics on the second day.

The workshop will be attended by several Municipal Commissioners and District Health Officers of the State.

In the past eleven years (2005 to 2011), a total of 196 cases of sunstroke were registered in NMC’s hospitals as well as private hospitals. Out of 196 patients, 18 patients died of sunstroke.

According to the schedule, the workshop will be inaugurated at 10 am on May 8. Following is the detail programme of the workshop: