LAHORE / RAHIM YAR KHAN: A man lost his life while three others fainted due to heat stroke in Rahim Yar Khan on Tuesday.
An official of Sheikh Zayed Hospital told Express News that 35-year-old Rehmat Ali, a resident of Chak No 86, was admitted to the health facility after he suffered from severe headache and dizziness. However, he died at the hospital during treatment.
The victim’s body was handed over to his family members after completing legal formalities.
Meanwhile, three more people fainted after suffering from heat stroke in different parts of the city and were admitted to the hospital for treatment.
The victims were identified as 24-year-old Shaheena Bibi, 40-year-old Nadir Ali and 23-year-old Liaquat Ali.
During the past few days, hospitals admitted dozens of heat stroke patients, including young men, women and children.
Two weeks ago, at least three people lost their lives while several others were admitted to hospitals due to the heat stroke in Gujranwala. Forty-year-old Muhammad Arif, a resident of Ayub Nagar, was grazing his cattle near Lower Chenab when he suffered a heat stroke and died on the spot.
In another incident, Zafar Iqbal was swimming in a canal when he suffered a heat stroke. As a result, he could not survive and lost his life. Similarly, 70-year-old Rehmat Khan suffered a fatal heart attack triggered by scorching heat and died on the spot.
Meanwhile, health officials said people should avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun and take precautionary measures. They also warned the public about warning signs and symptoms of a heat stroke, which include fever, severe headache, red and hot body, dryness of lips and tongue, vomiting and tremors.
They said that children, elderly people and those fasting should wear light clothes, avoid going out unnecessarily and cover their heads with a damp cloth in case of excessive heat.
They pointed out that heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. As the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
Heat wave to continue in Punjab
The persistent dry weather in plains of Punjab resulted in shooting up of temperature to 42-degree centigrade on Tuesday in Lahore and the same weather conditions are likely to prevail during the next couple of days. The local Met office sources said that mainly hot and dry weather is expected in Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, the continental air is prevailing over most plains of the country.
(Additional input from APP)
Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2018.