Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviews preparedness in view of anticipated heatwave; Stresses on proactive measures to prevent illnesses

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya today chaired a meeting to review the preparedness for the management of heat-related illness in the summer season. Highlighting the lack of accurate data from the ground, Dr Mandaviya noted the importance of creating a central database with inputs from States to share field-level data on heatwaves, including on deaths and cases, so that a realistic assessment of the situation can be made. He also highlighted the importance of timely action as soon as IMD alerts are received in the states.  He pointed out that timely, advanced and wide awareness among the people on the preventive measures will hugely support in reducing the severe impact of heat waves. The Union Health Minister also advised senior officials to meet with states for better coordination and understanding, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts in the efficient management of heat-related illnesses.


Later addressing media in New Delhi, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said that farmers, construction workers and people including those deployed in election duties and engaged in the election campaign are advised to take an adequate quantity of water to beat the impact of heat waves and stroke. He said, they can also take fruit juices, lemon juice and seasonal fruits to remain hydrated. Dr Mandaviya also said that if anyone suffered from a heat stroke, he or she can visit the nearest Ayushman Arogya Mandir or district hospitals for treatment. The Health Minister also said, through an advisory,  States have been asked to make proper arrangements in the Ayushman Arogya Mandir.

During the meeting, Minister of State for Health Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar stressed on the formation of State-level and district-level committees for information and awareness campaigns among people. She stated the importance of equipping the Ayushman Arogra Mandirs with water coolers, ice packs and other necessities. She also highlighted the need for states to accelerate field-level implementation of State Action Plans for addressing the ill effects of heat waves.


It was also informed that an advisory has recently been issued by the Union Health Secretary to all the Chief Secretaries requesting compliance of states of the National Action Plan on Heat-Related Illnesses for effective preparedness of health facilities to address heat impact and management of cases. States were also advised to review health facility preparedness in terms of essential medicines, intravenous fluids, Ice-packs, ORS, drinking water as well as IEC activity for the public.

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