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Six die of ‘heatstroke’ in 48 hrs, Rajsthan govt says only one showed symptoms

Medical officer says others died at home and thus it could not be confirmed if they had symptoms of heat stroke.

jaipur Updated: Jun 06, 2017 20:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Heatstroke,Heat deaths,Scorching summer
Young girls cover themselves to get protection from scorching sun on a hot day in Bikaner.(PTI)

Amid reports that six people have died of suspected heatstroke in Jalore district, the state health department Tuesday confirmed that only of the victims had symptoms of complications arising out of heat stroke. A health department official said the cause of the death of the other five could not be confirmed as they died at their home and not in hospitals.

Deputy chief medical and health officer (Jalore) Dr S K Chouhan confirmed the death of a man due to hyperthermia. “The doctor who attended the patient at Jalore general hospital confirmed that he died of hyperthermia (an abnormal rise in body temperature). However, the reason for the death of the remaining people could not be confirmed as they were not brought to the hospital,” he said.

The deceased Bholaram Dewasi (60) was admitted to Jalore general hospital in the evening of June 2 and died the next morning. He belonged to Bokra village in Jalore from where five more deaths have been reported.

“Villagers said that six people have died of heatstroke in Bokra but no postmortem has been conducted,” Mularam, a police personnel of Nusra police station told HT. All six died between June 2 and June 4. They died within 12 hours of falling ill.

While health department teams have been visiting the villages and urging people to visit hospital in case they fall sick, many villagers don’t heed the advice. “At times, it becomes difficult to persuade them to visit the hospital,” Chouhan said and cited Bholaram’s case in Bokra village where administrative officials had to intervene before he agreed to get himself admitted to the hospital.

According to health department officials, people who die of heatstroke have common symptoms. They complain of dizziness and vomiting before developing complications.

Rajasthan, especially the western belt, has been in the grip of a heat wave since the past few days with Churu recording the maximum temperature of more than 45 degree Celsius.

First Published: Jun 06, 2017 20:51 IST