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Health officials urge people to take precautions to avoid heat strokes

The heat wave season in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana typically begins in March, peaks in May, and relaxes in June, and the crucial four months, which puts a lot of strain on public healthcare institutions, also necessitates a lot of effort on the part of the general public to remain alert and cautious.

While the Directorate of Public Health (DPH) is implementing the summer action plan and preparing government hospitals for the summer months, health officials have urged the public to exercise caution and avoid heat strokes.

“The extreme temperatures and resultant atmospheric conditions adversely affect people and cause physiological stress, sometimes resulting in death. This is entirely preventable and people can take some simple measures to avoid morbidity and mortality due to extreme weather conditions,” says DPH, Telangana, Dr G Srinivasa Rao.

A slew of measures are being implemented to combat the expected increase in cases of heat stroke and water-borne disease this summer. Among the measures are the establishment of control rooms, alerting surveillance units in all districts, providing people with 24×7 helpline numbers, and appointing a senior official in the district as the nodal person to coordinate the public health response.

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In addition, the Public Health wing of the State is ensuring the availability of rapid response teams (RRTs) in all districts, lifesaving drugs at local government health care facilities, and streamlining communication systems to efficiently alert incidents of heat strokes and other related incidents across the entire healthcare ecosystem.

“We will also launch a massive awareness campaign on the importance of taking precautions during summer. However, its success will also depend on general public, who have to take precautions for the next four months,” Dr Rao added.





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