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More than 100 heat stroke cases reported in Karachi during 10 days

Most of the patients are labourers or outdoor workers.

More than 100 cases of heat stroke were reported in Karachi during 10 days!

According to Dr Irfan Siddiqui, the heat-stroke in charge, 80 cases have been reported in Jinnah Hospital Karachi in the last 10 days, while more than 50 cases have been reported in Civil Hospital Karachi.

He said that due to the increase in heat intensity in the city, the cases of gastro are increasing, more than 30 cases of gastro were reported yesterday, while these cases are reported between 12 noon and 5 pm.

Dr Irfan Siddiqui further added that most of the patients are labourers or outdoor workers.

It should be noted that given the intense heat across Pakistan, including Sindh, the Meteorological Department issued a heat wave alert on May 19.

As per the PMD alert, a heat wave was predicted in most parts of the country from May 21 to 27.

The Management Authority Sindh had issued an advisory regarding safety measures amid the heat wave alert.

According to the advisory, daytime temperatures are likely to be around 35 to 40 degrees Celsius on May 21 to 23, while temperatures are likely to touch 45 degrees Celsius on May 23 to 27.

Because of the possible heat wave in Karachi, the administration and medical staff of government hospitals were directed to remain active, while special heat stroke wards were also set up in the hospitals.

What is heat stroke?

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that happens when a person’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

A heat stroke can also result in an altered mental state or behaviour like confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma.

How to help a person suffering from heat stroke? 

  1. Seek emergency medical care
  2. Put the person in a cool tub of water or a cool shower.
  3. Spray the person with a garden hose.
  4. Sponge the person with cool water.
  5. Fan the person while misting with cool water.
  6. Place ice packs or cool, wet towels on the neck, armpits and groin.
  7. Cover the person with cool, damp sheets.

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