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CS calls for steps to deal with impending heatwave in Sindh

By Salis bin Perwaiz
May 18, 2024
Men rest under the shade of a tree during the heat wave in Karachi. — AFP/File
Men rest under the shade of a tree during the heat wave in Karachi. — AFP/File

Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Asif Hyder Shah presided over a meeting on Friday to assess and strategize comprehensive measures to address the impending heatwave expected to hit the province from May 21 to May 27.

Officials said the meeting was attended by the secretaries of energy and rehabilitation, Karachi commissioner, director general of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and other key officials. Additionally, all divisional commissioners participated via video link.

During the meeting, the PDMA DG briefed the participants on the alert issued to all relevant organizations regarding the anticipated heatwave. The session involved discussions on various preventive measures and plans implemented by the commissioners to mitigate heatstroke risks.

The CS recalled the severe heatwave of 2015, which resulted in significant loss of life. He highlighted the government’s improved preparedness in 2016, which successfully saved many lives. This historical perspective underscores the importance of current efforts to mitigate the impact of the impending heatwave.

He emphasized the importance of a proactive awareness campaign to educate the public on heatwave prevention and safety measures. He issued directives for the establishment of heatwave prevention centers in all hospitals across the province to provide immediate assistance and relief.

He also ordered the availability of drinking water in all markets to help prevent dehydration and heat-related illnesses, and setting up of sun protection shades in areas with high pedestrian traffic to offer shade and prevent heat strokes.

Moreover, Rescue 1122 services are to remain on high alert to respond promptly to any emergencies. The energy secretary has been tasked with ensuring an uninterrupted electricity supply from K-Electric, Hesco, and Sepco during the heatwave period. All deputy commissioners are instructed to establish heatstroke centres at public places to facilitate immediate medical assistance.

Moreover, it was directed to launch a comprehensive media campaign to raise awareness about the heatwave, including prevention tips and treatment options. This campaign will utilize television, radio, social media, and print media to ensure widespread dissemination of critical information

The CS underscored the collective responsibility of all departments and organizations in safeguarding the health and well-being of the citizens during this challenging period. He reiterated the need for coordinated efforts and vigilant monitoring to effectively manage the situation.