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Health ministry issues advisory to treat heatstroke patients

Keeping in view the extreme heat levels in Delhi, the health department has issued an advisory to all the government hospitals, private clinics and nursing homes to treat the patients of heatstroke as emergency cases.heatstroke-patients

The advisory comes at the time when the Capital is struggling hard to deal with the rising mercury levels. The maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 41.8 degree Celsius, while the minimum settled at 26 degree. Heatstroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures – usually in combination with dehydration – which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system.

“The government hospitals along with private medical institutes and clinics have been asked to treat patients complaining of heatstroke as emergency case and give immediate treatment,” a senior health official said.

The department has directed all hospitals to ensure necessary arrangements in their emergency departments in the form of cooled areas, manpower, medicines and IV fluids, ice packs, etc. The department has informed the hospitals and nursing homes that due to persistent high temperature in the Capital, there is an apprehension of rise in cases of heatstroke.

“Dehydration should not be taken lightly as it could be fatal, although no cases of causality due to heatstroke has been reported yet but we need to stay cautious,” added the health official. Even the Health Ministry is likely to come out with an advisory for the first time for all the states on preventive measures to tackle the situation.

The state health department has also appealed to the Delhi Police and general public to inform the homeless people they see on roads about the dangers of exposing themselves to high day-time maximum temperature.

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