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Union Health Ministry Assesses Preparedness for Heat Wave Conditions with States/UTs

-By ArdorComm News Network

Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), led a virtual meeting with representatives from various States and Union Territories to evaluate the preparedness for heat wave conditions and the implementation of fire and electrical safety measures in healthcare facilities across India. This meeting comes in response to the long-range forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), issued on May 27, 2024, predicting above-normal temperatures for most of India in June 2024. The forecast particularly highlights an increased likelihood of heat wave days in Northwest and Central India, while parts of southern peninsular India may experience normal to below-normal temperatures.

Key Highlights from the Meeting

  1. Heat Wave Preparedness:
    • The Union Health Ministry emphasized the need for robust heat wave action plans in healthcare facilities.
    • States/UTs were instructed to ensure the availability of essential medical supplies and to implement measures to prevent heat-related illnesses.
  2. Fire and Electrical Safety:
    • Discussions included the current status of fire safety measures and electrical systems in hospitals.
    • The need for regular safety drills and compliance with fire safety norms was reiterated.


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