Pradeep Pattanayak

With the temperature rising constantly, the number of sunstroke patients is increasing in the state. So far, a total of eight sunstroke patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals. 

Out of the total eight sunstroke patients undergoing treatment at several hospitals, Angul district reported a maximum of five such patients, followed by Bhubaneswar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj with one patient each. 

Keeping the soaring temperature in view, the Health department has directed hospitals across the state to remain prepared. All district headquarters hospitals (DHHs), community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs) have been directed to remain prepared to tackle the situation. While they have special beds for sunstroke patients, they have also stocked up on required medicines. 

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Informing about the preparedness, Public Health Director Dr Niranjan Mishra said, “To tackle the situation effectively, training has been provided to Paediatrics and medicine specialists in different districts. Their three-day-long training programme ended yesterday.”

“A guideline has also been issued informing them on how to collect data from IMD and emergency sections of the district Collectorates,” he added. 

“The doctors have also been given training regarding how to confirm a sunstroke death. If a sunstroke patient dies, a joint enquiry is conducted by revenue officials and the medical officer. Post-mortem is also required. Only when a post-mortem report has certain findings, the death can be attributed to sunstroke,” said Dr Mishra.