KARACHI: Karachiites experiencing a hot and humid weather with temperature ranging between 36 degree to 38 degree celsius continued to witness new cases of heatstroke at different hospitals on Monday too.
Despite the fact that severity of heat has significantly subsided during last two to three days, with weather often turning partly cloudy, yet people mainly with already compromised health conditions continued to face the brunt even on first day of the current week.
Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) till 12 noon today reported seven deaths, including five who could not survive while being provided assistance and two brought dead to the hospital.
This, according to JPMC officials has brought the total number of heatstroke deaths to 362 during past one week.
With another death at Civil Hospital this morning, the figure of heatstroke mortality has risen to 127. Abbasi Shaheed Hospital officials also confirmed two more deaths and more was reported from Sindh Government North Karachi Hospital.
The Coordinator, Health Stroke Emergency Cell – Sindh Dr. S. Zafar Mehdi, sharing details of the available data with APP said 30196 patients have been treated for heatstroke during past 10 days while the number of deaths registered in Karachi is 1189 and another eight in other parts of Sindh.
There are currently 650 heatstroke patients admitted at different hospitals and healthcare facilities in the metropolis.
About the stabilization centres for heat victims, Dr. Mehdi said 61 were functional in Karachi only and 173 in other districts of the province.
He said the centres that are fully air-conditioned and adequately equipped has significantly helped people affected due to heat.