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Preventive measures can save lives affected by heat waves: Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar

Karachi, March 28, 2016 (PPI-OT):Public and private hospitals, ambulance services, scouts and girls guide, departments like health, revenue, SESSI, KMC, Water Board, Local Administration, K-Electric and MET Office should be taken on board to counter the severe heat wave that may visit Karachi city in May and June, while atleast three control rooms will be established to monitor the situation and all departments concerned will submit a high level contingency plan to combat heat – wave.

Meanwhile all rehabilitation centres will be linked to a big hospital concerned. This was decided in a meeting, held here in Sindh Assembly Committee Room, chaired by the Health Minister Sindh Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar. Secretary Health Dr. Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, Deputy Commissioners of six districts, all MS of Government Hospitals, DHOs, representatives of education and other departments also attended the meeting.

Preventive measures were focused in the meeting and it was also decided that short courses, regarding how to treat heat – wave patients to be conducted, a massive awareness drive through electronic and print media would also be launched. The list of rehabilitation centres would be published in leading newspapers.

Water, ambulances and availability of basic medicines would be provided at these camps and it would be ensured that heat stroke affected patients might be treated at nearest centre and not to refer to big hospital to save time and lives of the patients. The Health Minister Mehtab Dahar directed to launch health alert system through mobile messages and avert loss of life at any cost.

Mr. Dahar directed DHOs and MSs to enhance capacity building of health care staff, community participation and volunteer services and to establish a task force consisting of PDMA, Health, Local Administration, scouts/ girls guide, MET Office, Traffic Police and private ambulances services etc. ‘With the implementation of preventative and risk reduction strategies the loss of lives can be curtailed and if we work together whole heartedly we can avert deaths’, he concluded.

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Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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