The Health Department plans training session for village-level officials and para-medical staff on how to treat sun stroke victims

The Revenue officials on Monday informed the Commissioner for Disaster Management that 45 people, including 11 women, have died of sun stroke between June 11 and 14 and all of them belonged to BPL families.

Meanwhile, according to unofficial reports received here in the evening, five more deaths were reported due to sun stroke – an old man, a woman and a rickshaw puller from Komatipalli, Pakki, and Gollapalli villages in Bobbili mandal , one from K.T. Palli in Gantyada mandal and another from Cheepuruvalasa in Kothavalasa mandal.

In the wake of mounting death owing to heat wave conditions in the district, the Medical and Health Department is gearing up to create awareness among people and also imparting training to village-level officials and para-medical staff on how to treat the sun stroke victims.

Addressing a media conference on Monday, District Medical and Health Officer U. Swarajya Lakshmi appealed to senior citizens, children and women must not venture out unprotected in the hot sun. If it is necessary to go out, they must wear caps, loose white clothes and drink adequate quantity of water. She said ORS fluids, glucose, anti-allergy derma creams, etc., were stored in adequate quantity at PHCs.

The DM & HO warned people over the outbreak of viral fevers, asking them people to visit PHCs for treatment instead of self-medication.

Keywords: Heat wave toll