Bihar Reports Surge In Heat-Related Illnesses Amid Soaring Temperatures; Symptoms Of Heatstroke

With soaring temperatures in several parts of Bihar, there has been surge in heat-related illnesses. There has been a surge in cases of heat stroke, diarrhoea, stomach ache and headache. Spotting the early signs of heatstroke can help you seek early medical help. Read on to know the symptoms of heatstroke.
Bihar Reports Surge In Heat-Related Illnesses

Bihar Reports Surge In Heat-Related Illnesses

Hospitals in Bihar are witnessing a surge in cases of heat-related illnesses. Cases of heat stroke, diarrhoea, stomach ache and headache saw a significant rise in recent days, paramedics said on Wednesday. The sub-divisional hospital in Patna’s Masaurhi saw around 400 such patients. A similar trend was seen in other government and private hospitals in the state capital.
Sanjita Rani, in charge of Masaudhi sub-divisional hospital said, “Majority of the patients who are coming to the hospital are suffering from heat stroke. We have advised them to avoid going out in the scorching sun and consume liquids, easily digestible and vitamin-rich foods. A heatwave ward has been permanently set up in our hospital.”
The maximum temperature in Patna remained between 43 and 46 degrees Celsius during the last few days. The situation in PMCH, NMCH, IGIMS, AIIMS Patna, Kurji Holy Family and other hospitals in the capital city remained the same. Several other parts of the state also reported a significant surge in heat-related illnesses.
In view of the scorching heat, Patna’s District Magistrate (DM) S. Kapil Ashok on Wednesday ordered the closure of all schools and coaching institutions till June 15. Patna DM in an order issued on Wednesday said, “In the light of the weather department’s forecast, there is a possibility of students falling ill due to the heat wave. Thus, all the educational institutions and coaching institutes of the district will remain closed from June 13 to June 15.” The DM said coaching institutes can conduct their classes through online modes during the period.
Anand Shankar, Meteorologist at the Patna Meteorological Centre said, “The Met Department has issued a heat wave alert in Bihar for the next 48 hours. There is a red alert in the districts of North West, South West and South Central Bihar, while there is a yellow alert in other districts. In this season, there is a need to follow the instructions given by the Disaster Management Department regarding protection from heat.”

Signs and symptoms of heatstroke

Spotting the early signs of heatstroke can help you seek early medical help. Here, take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of heatstroke.

High body temperature

One of the most important signs of heatstroke is an increased body temperature which often exceeds 104°F (40°C).

Profuse sweating or absence of sweating

Sweating is the body’s natural way to regulate temperature. However, in cases of heatstroke, sweating may either be excessive or absent altogether.

Altered mental state

Heatstroke can affect your cognitive function and lead to confusion, disorientation, agitation or even loss of consciousness.

Nausea and vomiting

Heatstroke can also cause digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Persistent vomiting can also lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances,

Rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing

Your cardiovascular and respiratory health might also be affected due to extreme heat. The heart rate increases as the body struggles to circulate blood to get rid of the heat.

Headache and dizziness

Heatstroke can also cause headache, dizziness and weakness. These can happen when the body tries to maintain blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.
(With inputs from IANS)
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