Rising Temperatures and Climate Change Threaten Sindh:
Sindh Health Department on Friday issued a warning for a possible heat wave in the province, with the temperature likely to range between 44 and 50 degrees Celsius. The department emphasized the need for proactive measures to combat the impending heat wave, as rising temperatures across the world, fueled by climate change, are expected to impact Pakistan.
Sindh Health Department on High Alert as Heat Wave Looms:
In light of the past heatwave disaster in 2015 that claimed 700 lives, the Sindh Health Department emphasized the importance of preparedness and taking preemptive action. Senior citizens, children, policemen, and individuals with outdoor jobs have been identified as the high-risk groups requiring special attention and protection.
Comprehensive Plan Ensures Readiness and Swift Response:
To ensure effective coordination and monitoring, a control room will be established under the Director-General (DG) of health. This control room will closely monitor the situation and provide necessary guidance and support to the district officers responsible for preparedness in their respective areas. District officers have been assigned the crucial task of maintaining readiness and implementing precautionary measures.
Recognizing the vital role of healthcare facilities during a heatwave, hospitals have been instructed to stock up on essential medicines to cater to potential emergencies. Additionally, Rescue 1122 has been directed to keep ambulances ready around the clock in every district, ensuring swift medical assistance to affected individuals.
The Sindh Health Department aims to minimize the impact of the impending heat wave by taking timely and comprehensive measures. By addressing the challenges posed by rising temperatures and climate change, the department strives to protect the vulnerable population and ensure a prompt response in case of emergencies.