14 deaths, 118 hospitalised due to heat wave in Delhi: Saurabh Bharadwaj, ET HealthWorld

14 deaths, 118 hospitalised due to heat wave in Delhi: Saurabh Bharadwaj, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Thursday said that a total of 14 people have died due to heatwave in the national capital and 118 people are still admitted in hospitals.

He claimed that in the last few days the temperature in the national capital has reached 52 degrees Celsius which is the highest in the last 60 years.

He said, “In the last few days, the temperature has reached 52 degrees Celsius and it is the highest in the last 60 years. The night temperature was also 38 degrees Celsius. The number of people suffering from heat wave in North India has increased. 310 people have been admitted to government hospitals. 112 have been discharged. 118 are still admitted and 14 have died.”

Bhardwaj said, “Today a surprise inspection of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Hospital has been done to check whether our hospitals have the facility to treat patients suffering from heat or not. I saw that necessary medicines are available there, and ice packs are also there. We will also inspect other hospitals, and wherever there are deficiencies, we will remove them.”

The Delhi minister said that he has also written a letter to the Delhi Police commissioner asking him to instruct the night patrolling team that if anyone is seen sick, he should be taken to the hospital.

He said, “We have also written a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner to tell his night patrolling team that if they see anyone ill, they should leave him at the hospital or inform us, we will send our ambulance and get him admitted to the hospital. CAT service has also been asked to deploy five ambulances in all the districts of Delhi. If there is any sick person in or around the night shelter, the ambulance should immediately take him to the hospital.”

He further alleged that the Delhi Health Secretary went on a month's leave without informing him.

“Delhi health secretary is not available, he has gone on a month's leave without asking me. Yesterday I called MS and MD and had a meeting, they are alert and doing good preparations from their side. If there is any shortcoming, I am doing surprise inspections for that,” Bhardwaj said.

Delhi's Health Minister said, “Every week, fire breaks out in some hospital or nursing home in Delhi. Now the cases of heat stroke are increasing, but the head of the Health Department, the Health Secretary, is not available. Two days ago, I came to know that he has gone on leave till July 13. I have written a letter to the Home Ministry of the Central Government regarding how the Health Department will work in such a critical time and have demanded strict action.”

Bhardwaj also shared a post on Christmas in which he requested the people of Delhi to come together and plant trees.

“52 degrees Celsius will never happen again. All the people who love Delhi and its colonies have to come together and plant trees. We are going to start a campaign in my GK constituency soon. If you have any creative ideas to involve people in this campaign, send your ideas to 9654278911,” he said on Twitter.

  • Published on June 20, 2024 at 04:31 PM IST

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