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Health dept plans ‘cool rooms’ in Pune to deal with heatstroke victims

The room will have two fans of which one will be an exhaust fan and another will have sprinkles

pune Updated: Apr 30, 2019 16:42 IST
Nozia Sayyed
Nozia Sayyed
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People have been advised to drink enough fluids to stay hydrated and beat the heat.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

In lieu of the temperature in the state touching 40 degrees and more in the last few days, Dr Subhash Salunkhe, chairman, state’s prevention and control of diseases committee said, “We have decided to start cool rooms in health centres of cities which would record a temperature of 40 degrees or more for the next one month. The initiative is to provide immediate relief to the patients from heatstroke. The room will have two fans of which one will be an exhaust fan and another will have sprinkles.”

Salunke said that water at room temperature should be poured on the head of person suffering from heatstroke. Heatstroke, also known as sunstroke, usually results in dizziness, redness, severe headache and also fainting.

On Monday,Pune recorded a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius which was 3 degrees lower than Sunday’s temperature, which came as a relief to residents. Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Pune said, “The heat wave pattern over Maharashtra peaked on Sunday. As per our forecast, the situation in the state will normalise from April 30 onwards.” Akola recorded the highest maximum temperature of 46.9 °C in Maharashtra followed by Amravati at 46.8 °C, Chandrapur at 46.6 °C,and Parbhani.

45.8°C on Monday.The maximum temperature in Vidharbha, central Maharashtra and Marathwada on Monday was recorded 2.1°C to 4°C above normal. IMD has predicted that the temperature will be around 40 degrees Celsius for Tuesday.

The summer conditions has taken a toll on the health of the residents so much so that the state’s public health department has recorded 160 cases related to extreme weather conditions in one month. Officials said that three deaths have also been recorded in Parbhani, Dhule and Aurangabad Out of 160 recorded cases, 88 are from Nagpur alone. Doctors have advised people should not step out between 11 am and 4pm.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 16:42 IST