Pune: After the India Meteorological Department (IMD) notified that the frequency of heat waves will increase this summer, the Deputy Director of Health Services has notified all government hospitals in the State to reserve two beds for patients suffering due to heat stroke.
Speaking about the increasing temperature, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Pune region said it is an active way to provide health services more effectively to everyone.
“In order to keep the health services in vigil about heat stroke patients, we have decided to reserve two hospital beds for these patients. There is an indication that the frequency of heatwaves might increase during this summer season and hence precautions are important for everyone,” he said.
The department has highlighted high-risk groups that are senior citizens, children between the age group of one to five years, pregnant women, diabetes and high blood pressure patients and people who work in hotter atmospheres.
Symptoms of heat strokes are fatigue, fever, dry skin, falling unconscious, lethargy, headache, stomachache, increasing blood pressure and mental uneasiness.
Dr Somnath Salgar from BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital advised more consumption of seasonal fruits as they are more water based.
“Prevention is better than cure and so some simple steps can help beat the heat. Protection from sunlight is also helpful by using a cap, scarf or sunlight goggles. Also, cotton clothes help in maintaining the body temperature,” said Salgar. He further added that one must not hesitate to visit a physician if things go out of hand as in severe cases heat strokes can happen with the increasing heat.
Reasons for heat strokes are working in the open during summer, working in the glass factory and wearing tight clothes.
Symptoms of heat strokes are fatigue, fever, dry skin, falling unconscious, lethargy, headache, stomach ache, increasing blood pressure and mental uneasiness.