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States asked to have action plans for heat wave

New Delhi: State governments have been asked to undertake necessary measures as per their relief codes and set up infrastructure in government hospitals to deal with patients suffering from heat wave related illnesses, in view of prolonged heat spell in northwest and central India.
Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Ashwini Kumar Choubey said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the primary responsibility of heat wave management rests with the states.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red colour warning during hot weather season of 2019 due to prolonged spells of heat wave & severe heat wave over northwest & central parts of India.
As reported by National Disaster Management Authority of India in their Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – 2016, since 1992, more than 22,000 people died as a result of exposure to extreme heat.
In year 2016, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued Guidelines for ‘Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat Wave’. NDMA issued revised guidelines in the year 2017.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have also issued ‘Guidelines on Prevention and Management of Heat Related Illnesses’ in the year 2015.
All states and ministries and departments concerned are required to take necessary action as per the guidelines issued by NDMA.
So far, 13 state governments have prepared their Heat Action Plan and are implementing them, the minister said.
National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has also been advising State Health Departments to follow guidelines on “Prevention and Management of Heat Wave related Illness”.