As temperatures in Hyderabad continue to soar, city doctors say that they are receiving up to 10 cases of sunstroke in the city everyday. Though the numbers might seem small, what is worrying is that most patients admitted in government hospitals are minors, aged between 6 and 13 years.
“The influx of patients has remained consistent, but most patients we have been receiving are young children. This is the most susceptible age group. It is due to their age that they tend to lose body fluids at a rapid pace,” said Dr K Shankar, superintendent of Fever hospital. He said that it is young children and the elderly , who are placed under the high-risk group category for sunstroke.
A severe heatwave has already killed 215 people in Telangana, the national disaster management cell of the government said.
“Usually children and elderly people tend to lose a lot of fluids from their body . Due to the electrolyte imbalance, there are certain behavioural changes in the person. It is the parents or guardians who need to look out for such changes,” advised Dr Devaraj, superintendent of Niloufer Hospital.
Devaraj further added that the number of patients suffering from sunstroke is steadily rising. “Patients are given oral hydration and then discharged.In case someone is admitted to the hospital, we would begin their treatment based on their symptoms,” he opined.
The state disaster management department which has been keeping a tab on the number of deaths said that officials are doing their best to educate people on the gravity of the situation. “We are advising people not to venture outside between noon to 4 pm, which is construed as the peak hour,” B R Meena, commissioner of the state disaster management department,