Temperatures in three Sindh cities, including Jacobabad, were 50 degrees or higher . Heatstroke is indicated by hot and dry skin, or intense sweating with hot red or flushed dry skin .
KARACHI (PAKISTAN) — On Saturday, a heatwave in Pakistan is causing a major health crisis, with the mercury reaching 51 degrees in Jacobabad, Sindh.Geo News reported that a number of cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) caused by heatstroke, acute water diarrhoea, and gastroenteritis have been documented from all around the country, especially Sindh and Punjab, as the country's extreme hot weather scorches these areas.Residents argued that prolonged drought and a lack of clean water are forcing people to drink contaminated water to escape the heat.According to unconfirmed reports, at least three people died of acute water diarrhoea in a remote region of Sindh, Kaccha, in Dadu, as the temperature increased to 49Celsius, according to Geo News.According to the Times, the entire region has been under a severe heatwave for the last few days.Dr. Jumman Bahoto, Sindh's Director of Health, said there had been some confirmed cases of deaths and sickness in some cities and towns of the province, which were under a high heatwave this week, and that he had directed all District Health Officers (DHOs) to collect data and establish heat stroke camps in their area, according to Geo News.In some areas of the province, a rise in cases of acute watery diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases is being reported, and several cases of heatstroke have been confirmed.According to DG Health Sindh, we have issued directives to health authorities to establish heatstroke camps, provide clean drinking water and ORS to patients, and provide prompt medical assistance to them. They were rushed to various city health facilities, including Jinnah Hospital Lahore, for treatment.Thousands of people died as a result of prolonged exposure to sunlight in the high heat, especially traffic wardens in Lahore, and were taken to different hospitals.Prof Javed Akram, a leading physician and Vice-Chancellor of University of Health Sciences (UHS), said we have decided to distribute umbrellas and awareness pamphlets among people in Lahore to keep them from permanent disability and death as a result of heatstroke.Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can be fatal if not handled properly, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, according to Geo News. Heatstroke is indicated by hot and dry skin, or intense sweating with hot red or flushed dry skin, weaknesslethargy, throbbing headache, elevated body temperature, irritability, dizziness, decreased urine output, and a heat rash (red cluster of pimples or small blisters), according to an alert issued by the National Institute of Health in the aftermath of the storm.Heatstroke can entail death, organ damage, or disability if not treated in time, according to the report, which highlights that infants, elderly people, those over 65 years old, diabetics, hypertensive, athletes, and outdoor workers are at a significant risk of heatstroke.Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), on the other hand, said temperatures in three Sindh cities, including Jacobabad, were 50 degrees or higher, while in Nawabshah (Shaheed Benazirabad) 50.5C was recorded and in Moenjo Daro 50C was recorded on Saturday.During the next week, the majority of the country is expected to be hit by a heatwave like pattern. According to an PMD advisory, day temperatures are forecast to rise again on May 18th, 2022.