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Heat wave alert: Doctors warn of health risks as Mercury soars to 40 degrees Celsius | health news


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted a temperature rise of 39 degrees Celsius in the national capital next week. Parts of the country including Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala have already experienced intense heat levels.

“Be alert. Watch for symptoms like dizziness, confusion or warm, clammy skin. This could indicate cardiovascular problems from extreme heat,” Pankaj Chaudhary – senior consultant, internal medicine, Max Hospital, Vaishali, told IANS.

“Remember, heat can be deadly, especially for vulnerable populations. Let’s prioritize our well-being and adapt to these changing climate conditions,” he added.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health held a review meeting on public health preparedness for heat-related illnesses in the country.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who presided over the meeting, said, “Timely, early and widespread awareness among people about preventive measures will go a long way in reducing the severe impact of such waves.”

“Stay cool, stay safe. Remember, a little precaution goes a long way in keeping heat-related illnesses at bay,” the health ministry said in issuing heatwave guidelines on

Meanwhile, doctors emphasize staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even when not thirsty and choosing water or non-alcoholic, decaffeinated beverages.

“As summer brings the threat of heatstroke, it’s important to protect yourself. Hydration is paramount; carry a water bottle while outdoors to regulate body temperature and prevent heat-related illnesses,” Mohan Kumar Singh, Senior Consultant – Internal Medicine, Marengo Asia Hospital, Gurugram, told IANS.

“Remember, dehydration poses a serious risk, so drink water regularly to stay hydrated and maintain your well-being. By prioritizing hydration and taking precautions against excess sun exposure, you can stay safe and comfortable during hot weather,” he adds.

Doctors recommend wearing sunscreen, wearing a hat and staying in the shade to reduce sun exposure; Avoid strenuous exercise during peak heat and wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing to stay comfortable.