Mumbai Heat Wave: Maharashtra Govt Is Taking Measures To Tackle Conditions, Says Health Minister


On Wednesday, March 16, Maharashtra public health minister, Rajesh Tope mentioned that the state is monitoring the heatwave conditions in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas. Apart from this, he said the government is also undertaking steps to tackle it. This includes reserving hospital beds for heatstroke patients and creating awareness about management of the heatwave, reported news agency PTI. 

According to the report, Tope was speaking in the state legislature after an MLA raised the issue of the warning made by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regarding the heatwave in Mumbai and its adjoining districts. 

Tope added that the information, education and communication methodology has been utilized to curate awareness regarding heatwave management. The IMD has reportedly issued a “yellow alert” for Wednesday. It went on to predict that Mumbai’s maximum temperature will be nearly 40 degrees Celsius. 

In light of this, Dr Sandeep Patil, Chief intensivist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan says, “Some common symptoms of heat exhaustion include high body temperature, nausea, altered mental state, changes in sweating patterns, rapid breathing, and severe headaches. While heat exhaustion is preventable and rarely life-threatening, untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles.”

Patil added, “The damage worsens when the treatment is delayed, increasing the risk of serious complications or death. If a person has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it is important to seek immediate medical care, especially if the situation does not improve in an hour.”

The best ways to prevent heat exhaustion he says is:

  • Staying hydrated – water, lemon aid, fruit juices, Chass/ Lassi, etc. are excellent choices
  • Use an umbrella, cap, and sunglasses when you step out
  • Not venturing outdoors during the peak hot hours
  • Try staying in well ventilated or air-conditioned areas during the afternoon
  • Have children and elderly step out only in the evenings when the temperature drops
  • Wear light cotton clothes, and cover the head while travelling

High temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion, especially when a person spends a lot of time outdoors. In the case of a heatwave, the body’s core temperature increases, because of prolonged sun exposure or physical exertion in high temperatures.

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