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Indore: Hospitals told to report heat stroke cases immediately


Indore: With rise in temperature, the health department has directed hospitals to monitor sun stroke cases and report casualties immediately. The department has raised alert after receiving directives of World Health Organisation (WHO), which has sought the data to spread awareness about global warming.

District nodal officer of Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Asha Pandit said WHO, which is concerned about cases related to heat strokes during period of extreme heat specially in Indian central region, keeps a record of such cases. “They are useful for them to spread awareness about global warming and the changes occurring due to it,” Dr Pandit told Free Press.

The IDSP has issued an alert and sent a letter to all hospitals in Indore district to send it a report about patients and number of cases. “No case has been reported yet. But sun stroke cases will rise in coming months. We have also asked hospitals to keep stock of necessary medicines for handling the situation,” Dr Pandit said.

She also appealed to people for avoiding water borne diseases as water shortage will lead to increase in diseases like jaundice, typhoid. On Sunday, city recorded maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius, which was normal. The minimum temperature at 23.8 degrees Celsius was three degrees above normal.