Odisha Govt. alerts health facilities in view of heatwaves

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 31, 2024 IST

Odisha Govt. alerts health facilities in view of heatwaves

Bhubaneswar, May 31:In the event of rising temperature throughout the state along with very hot and humid condition,  State Government directed health facilities at different levels to stay in total readiness for dealing with heat related diseases. 

Secretary Health and Family Welfare Shalini Pandit, in a special guideline instructed all medical colleges & hospitals, subdivisional hospitals, community health centres and district head quarter hospitals to scrupulously ensure all preparedness as per Govt letter issued earlier on 19 March, 2024. Referring to the  National Action Plan on Heat Related Illnesses, and State Action Plan on Heat Related Illness,  She directed to ensure proper management of heat related cases , surveillance , and  proactive measures for mitigating the chances of  morbidity. The guidelines mentioned the following.

All facilities to ensure logistics in all health care facilities to meet the exigencies. Health facility preparedness must be reviewed with regard to  availability of earmarked beds, adequate quantities of essential medicines, intravenous fluids, ice packs, ORS and all necessary equipment’s to provide active, emergency medical care with uninterrupted power supply. Guidance on development of heatstroke room and emergency management of severe heat-related illnesses are disseminated. Availability of sufficient drinking water at all Health Facilities and continued functioning of cooling appliances in critical areas must be ensured.

Undertake proper investigation of suspected heat related illness (HRI) death as per Nation Action Plan to  understand the circumstances around a suspected HRI death.

Post mortem of all suspected HRI deaths are to be conducted . The information regarding death should be submitted to Govt immediately. The confirmed deaths would be notified by SRC/ Collector of the District. 

Efforts should be made for sensitization and capacity building of medical officers, health staff, grassroot level workers on heat illness, its early recognition and management. Training manuals developed by NCDC on these subjects made available earlier should  be used for orientation. 

Districts may also utilize Information, Education and Communication (IEC) as well as Community Level awareness materials developed by NPCCHH & Director SIHFW regarding the precautions to be taken by population to safeguard them against heat wave.

          

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