KARIMNAGAR: The scorching heat wave conditions are claiming life of several people in Karimnagar district. As many as 76 persons are supposed to have died of sunstroke from February 1 to April 13. However, the district medical and health authorities say that only two persons died of sunstroke.
The district has been registering searing heat, coupled with hot winds, since March. In the last two weeks, some parts of the district registered temperatures over 40 degree Celsius. Last Tuesday, Ramagundam recorded 44 degree Celsius causing great inconvenience to the elderly and farmers who work in the open.
Speaking to this newspaper, DM&HO Dr. A. Rajesham said three-member committees, comprising respective MRO, sub-inspector and health official of a mandal, were verifying the deaths caused due to sunstroke. He said that awareness programmes were being organised to make people know about the steps to be taken to beat the heat.
According to the medical and health authorities, 5 lakh oral rehydration salt (ORS) sachets have already been supplied to ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers for distribution in rural areas. About 2 lakh sachets have been kept ready for use. The MPDOs have been told to send indents for ORS sachets.
The sachets are also being given to passengers at all bus stations and to the NREGS labourers at work sites. IV fluids and ORS sachets have also been kept available PHCs in the district for the convenience of the people and commuters....