Pune : PMC issues guidelines for citizens to protect themselves from Heat Stroke

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In the wake of the rising heat in Pune, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has listed ways & measures for citizens to protect themselves from heat stroke.

As per further information from the PMC, Through this public statement, all the citizens are being informed that the temperature of the city is currently increasing. The possibility of heatstroke due to this temperature cannot be ruled out. If not treated in time, heatstroke and the resulting dehydration can lead to death.

Causes of heat stroke:

Manual labour and hard work in the sun, working in a factory, working in a room with high temperature, using cold clothes, continuous exposure to direct heat or rising temperature etc conditions can lead to heat stroke.

Symptoms:

Nausea, vomiting, leg cramps, fatigue, fever, hot and dry skin, rarely flushing, lack of sweating, dehydration, dizziness, lethargy, headache, chest palpitations, increased blood pressure, mental restlessness, unconsciousness etc.

Individuals at high risk:

Babies, toddlers, athletes, people constantly working directly under the sun, elderly people suffering from heart diseases, lung disorders, kidney disorders etc.

Preventive Measures:

1. Avoiding hard work for a long time in rising temperature and if not possible, rest in the shade after a while, hard work should be done early in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is low.

2. Do not use heat absorbent clothing (black or brightly colored). Loose white or light-coloured cotton clothes should be worn. Avoid going out during hot summer. Keep water with you while traveling outside.

3. Drink plenty of water. To prevent dehydration, drink lemon syrup, lassi, buttermilk, coconut water etc.

4. Goggles, hat, towel, feta, umbrella etc. should be used while going out in the sun.

5. Coolers, air conditioners, and curtains should be used at work places in the house.

6. Do not leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

7. In case of symptoms of heatstroke, contact the nearest municipal health center/hospital or private hospital immediately.

Treatment:

1. It is important to bring the patient to shade first, to try to lower the patient’s temperature.

2. Treatment should be started immediately to reduce the patient’s temperature, loosen the patient’s clothes and immediately wash the limbs with cold water until the body temperature decreases.

3. Keep the patient in a ventilated and cool room, fans, coolers, air conditioners in the room should be turned on immediately.

4. If the patient regains consciousness, give him cold water, rehydration and avoid dehydration, do not give tea, coffee.

5. Ice packs should be placed under the patient’s armpit, cold water should be placed on the patient’s forehead.

6. The patient’s temperature should be monitored with a thermometer and the above treatment should be continued until the temperature reaches 36.8 Celsius.

7. Contact the nearest municipal health center, hospital or private hospital. If hospitalization is required, call 108 for an ambulance.

Shreyas Vange

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