Heat stroke claims two lives in Rahim Yar Khan

Health officials advise people to avoid unnecessary exposure to sun


Our Correspondent June 22, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Two people lost their lives while two others fainted due to heat stroke in Rahim Yar Khan District on Thursday. The total number of casualties has reached seven since the heat wave hit the region in May.

An official of Sheikh Zayed Hospital told Express News that 45-year-old Bashiran Mai, a resident of Ghotki, and 45-year-old Muhammad Usman, a resident of Mirpur Mathelo, were admitted to the health facility after they suffered from severe headache and dizziness.

However, the victims could not survive and died at the hospital during treatment.

The victims’ bodies were handed over to their family members after completing legal formalities.

Meanwhile, two more people who fainted after suffering from heat stroke were identified as 70-year-old Haji Tariq and 65-year-old Khuda Bakhsh.

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During the past few weeks, hospitals admitted dozens of heat stroke patients, including young men, women and children.

Earlier, at least three people lost their lives while several others were admitted to hospitals due to the heat stroke in Gujranwala.

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 and elderly people 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.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2018.

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