The Sindh government has approached the federal government to initiate a message service aimed at raising public awareness about protection against heat stroke.
According to a senior Sindh health department official, the heat wave that has engulfed different parts of the country, needed a collective approach to sensitize people about its severity.
“We have recommended that social media must be adequately utilized enabling people to protect themselves against its severity through simple and timely measures,” said Akber Junejo told APP on Tuesday.
About steps taken by Sindh government in the province where the temperature ranging between 40 degree centigrade to 46 degrees was recorded Tuesday, he said heat stroke management units had been established in all government facilities.
To a question, he said no severely affected case had been reported, however, all interventions were readily available to address instances of dehydration, loss of consciousness and so-forth.
“The administration across the province is also fully conscious of its responsibilities to prevent outbreak of cholera and heat associated diseases often caused due to consumption of stale food and contaminated water,” he said.
It was claimed that the provincial government, through print media, had also issued an advisory urging people to avoid direct exposure to sun and if this may be unavoidable then keep their heads adequately covered with a light colored wet piece of cloth.
Frequent consumption of water, light and simple food, wearing light colored clothes were said to be some of the other suggestions for public consumption.