PESHAWAR: The heat-wave continued hitting Peshawar and adjoining districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa for the last three days as five patients of heat exertion were received at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar.
The heat-wave continued in Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Kohat, DI Khan, Tank, Charsadda, Lakki Marwat and adjoining areas, forcing many people to remain indoor to avoid sunstroke and other dehydration related problems.
A Spokesman of Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar told APP that five patients of heat exertion were received.
According to Health Department sources, all major hospitals of Peshawar including Lady Reading, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Khyber Teaching Hospital were put on high alert in the wake of persistent heatwave and very hot temperature since Saturday last.
Doctors and para medical staff has been put on high alert position to counter any emergency situation while directives were issued for establishment of special wards in all the major hospitals for patients of sunstroke, dehydration and gastro ailments.
Senior Medical Specialist, Dr Sabz Ali Khan told APP that people were required to include vegetables and light food in their meal and increase use of water. He urged people to cover their heads while moving under open sky to avoid sunstroke.
The people with complaints of high body temperature, altered mental state or behavior, vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart rate and headache should immediately rush to the hospital for treatment as it is the sign of sunstroke.
The attendance of shoppers in all the major markets and bazaars are very low especially during day time due to very hot temperature and most of families are waiting for pleasant change in the weather for Eidul Fitr shopping.
The heat wave has also affected business activities in Peshawar due to lack of shoppers and the shopkeepers are waiting for pleasant change in the weather.
A Spokesman of local Met Office when contacted hinted improvement in the prevailing weather during next 24 hours in KP. He said rain with thunderstorms in scattered places of Hazara and isolated places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat divisions and Upper Fata during next 24.