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Nine Admitted Due To Heatstroke At Delhi’s LNJP Hospital; DDMA Issues Heatwave Guidelines

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New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing heatwave in the national capital, Lok Nayak Hospital reported the admission of nine patients on Wednesday due to severe heatstroke.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Among the patients admitted four individuals are currently on ventilator support, suffering from critical conditions and multi-organ failure as a result of the extreme heat. The hospital also noted that on June 16, a patient succumbed to heatstroke.
  • Additionally, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital has reported five deaths believed to be caused by heatstroke. Twelve individuals, many of whom are daily wage laborers, are currently in critical condition and receiving vital support on ventilators.
  • Dr. Ajay Shukla, Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital, disclosed that Tuesday saw the highest influx of heatstroke patients this season, with 11 admissions.
  • Earlier, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed that there have been at least 56 deaths from heatstroke in multiple states. In May alone, 46 people have died due to heatstroke. However, suspected heatstroke cases in May were 1,918.
  • According to data shared by states, over 7 lakh people were admitted to emergency departments of primary care hospitals.

DOs & DON’Ts FOR HEATWAVE

  • The Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued dos and don’ts to help citizens minimise the impact of the heat wave and prevent serious ailments or even death due to heatstroke.
  • As per the DDMA, citizens have been advised to avoid going out in the sun, particularly between 12 noon and 3 pm. The DDMA also recommends drinking plenty of water regularly, even if one does not feel thirsty, to stay hydrated.
  • DDMA has also suggested wearing lightweight, light-coloured, loose, and porous cotton clothes to keep cool and using protective gear such as goggles, umbrellas or hats, and shoes or chappals while venturing out in the sun.
  • DDMA has advised people to avoid strenuous activities when the outside temperature is high and to avoid outdoor work between 12 noon and 3 pm. The DDMA has also advised people to carry water while traveling.
  • The DDMA also advises avoiding the consumption of alcohol, tea, coffee, and carbonated soft drinks, which can dehydrate the body. DDMA has also advised people to avoid high-protein food and stale foods.
  • DDMA advises people working outside to use a hat or an umbrella and a damp cloth on the head, neck, face, and limbs to help keep the body cool. They have also advised not to leave children or pets in parked vehicles, which can quickly become dangerously hot.
  • In case of feeling faint or ill, DDMA advises people to seek immediate medical attention. They have also advised people to use Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), and homemade drinks like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, buttermilk to help rehydrate the body.
  • DDMA has also advised people to protect animals by keeping them in the shade and providing them with plenty of water to drink. Finally, to keep homes cool, the DDMA suggests using curtains, shutters or sunshades and opening windows at night.

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