Surat Civil Hospital Implements Heatwave Action Plan

Measures in place to protect residents from rising temperatures and heatwave risks

Surat Civil Hospital Implements Heatwave Action Plan

As temperatures soar and a heatwave grips Surat, the Civil Hospital has launched a heatwave action plan aimed at safeguarding the city's residents. The hospital has established a specialized isolation ward for treating heatwave-affected patients and is providing nurses with specialized training in heatstroke prevention and care.

According to the National Meteorological Department, temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius are normal for coastal cities. However, recent years have seen Surat's temperatures consistently rising above this threshold, with a record high of 44.44 degrees Celsius in 2004. In the past few years, temperatures have frequently reached 42 degrees Celsius.

The increasing heat poses a significant risk of heatstroke, a serious condition characterized by a rapid rise in body temperature, potentially leading to severe health issues or even death.

Hospital Preparations:

In response to the heatwave threat, the Civil Hospital has made various preparations, including stocking ample water and ORS supplies and installing fans and coolers to keep patients comfortable.

Public Advisory:

Doctors at the Civil Hospital advise residents to take the following precautions to avoid heatstroke:

  • Avoid outdoor activities during peak heat hours.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use umbrellas or hats when outside.
  • Take cool showers.
  • Consume salty and sugary drinks.
  • Monitor and care for the elderly, children, and those with health conditions.

Immediate medical attention is recommended if symptoms of heatstroke, such as dizziness, headache, high fever, muscle cramps, or confusion, are observed.