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Posted at: Jun 13, 2019, 7:11 AM; last updated: Jun 13, 2019, 10:14 AM (IST)

Dist admn draws plan to control heat-related illness

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 12

In order to combat the heatwave in the region, the district administration has prepared an action plan for managing heat-related illness in the district.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Kulwant Singh, who has been currently officiating as the Jalandhar, Deputy Commissioner, said: “The resultant atmospheric conditions adversely affect people thereby resulting in minor heat-related illnesses like exertion associated collapse, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

He said: “ A two pronged strategy involving surveillance of heat- related illnesses and constitution of District-level Rapid Response Team (RRT) has been adopted to deal with the situation.”

Kulwant Singh said: “The team, headed by Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Kamal Kishore and Medical Officer Dr Satish Kumar has been constituted to undertake the investigation of the outbreaks.”

The ADC said: “The treatment facilities for such cases shall be provided at all Government hospitals of the district, adding that instructions have been issued to all block Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) to ensure the availability of IRS, Intravenous fluids and other logistics for the management of heat-related illness.”

Kulwant Singh said a helpline 0181-2224848 had been started to report any such case.

The Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Kumar Bagga told residents about preventing the heat wave and diseases during the season.

He said medical attention was must if heat cramps were sustained for more than one hour, doctor must be consulted if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist.

Dr Bagga said: “Vulnerable age groups for heat-related illness involve people above 65; infants; young children; pregnant women; outdoor workers; destitute and other, shelterless people in urban settings; athletes or people who exercise vigorously in hot environment.”

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