KARACHI: Government of Sindh taking stock of steady increase in the number of heat stroke patients and also those reporting with gastro-related patients has declared emergency in all its facilities in Karachi.
Sindh Secretary for Health, Saeed Mangnejo talking to APP Monday said an unusual surge in the mortality rates has been registered in cases related to current heat wave in the metropolis and other districts of southern Sindh.
“The number has risen to more than 100,” he said reminding that vast majority of the victims were above 50 years of age with comparatively low resistance.
In the given circumstances, he said additional provision for intravenous drips for severely dehydrated patients has been ensured at all government hospitals alongwith medicines required to manage cases of acute gastroenteritis and so-forth.
“We have also canceled leave for doctors and other medical staff and are also increasing stocks of medical supplies,” said the health secretary.
In reply to a question, he said that being in no position to advise believers to fast or not, he said the religion “Islam” itself provides relaxation to the people suffering from health conditions.
“Acknowledging the difficulties faced by citizens in the given extreme weather conditions I would appeal people to avoid direct exposure to sunlight,” he said.
Meanwhile medical superintendents of Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK), Professor. Saeed Qureshi and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH’s) Dr Imran Samdani, confirmed six and seven more deaths at their respective facilities Monday morning.
According to Prof. Seemin Jamali, Head of Emergency Department, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) 50 more deaths were reported this morning.
“These are besides the 85 deaths registered since late Saturday night to Sunday,” she said mentioning that all were victims of heat stroke.
The doctors citing the weather condition to be unavoidable, have advised people not only to evade exposure to the sun but also not to ignore symptoms as severe and constant headache, fever or breathing problems or dizziness.
The persons concerned must be immediately referred to the doctors while upper part of body, mainly head and face, be frequently wiped with wet towel.
Citizens in general have been advised to wear light cotton clothes and that senior citizens must ensure dehydration.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) has also set up relief centres in different parts of the metropolis facilitating residents of areas exposed to water scarcity.
Special hydration units have also been established by different DMCs to help citizens reporting with sudden loss of consciousness.