Union Health Ministry Takes Action Amidst Heatwave Crisis

A Union Health Ministry team visited AIIMS and other central hospitals to check on the preparedness for heatstroke patients. With 114 deaths and 40,984 suspected cases reported, officials have issued advisories and directed hospitals to establish special units. The worst-affected states include Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Odisha.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 20-06-2024 21:51 IST | Created: 20-06-2024 21:51 IST
Union Health Ministry Takes Action Amidst Heatwave Crisis
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In a proactive measure against the ongoing heatwave, a Union Health Ministry team conducted visits to AIIMS and other central hospitals including RML, Safdarjung, and Lady Hardinge.

This inspection aimed to evaluate the preparedness for heatstroke patients, following the distressing report of 114 deaths and over 40,984 suspected cases between March 1 and June 18. In response, Union Health Minister J P Nadda mandated the formation of a three-member team led by Dr. Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services.

Nadda emphasized regular assessments of hospitals until the heatwave conditions subside. The hardest-hit states—Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Odisha—have reported significant casualties. To combat this crisis, advisories, special heatwave units, and enhanced health facility preparedness have been implemented across the country.

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