Workshop on ‘Heat Waves and Effects on Health’ held
State government has initiated programme in health sector under Heat waves State Action Plan on Climate Change, as a precautionary measure to heat waves and other phenomenon of global change, said director of state health services, Dr. K. Rajo Singh.
He stated this in a one-day workshop on ‘Heat Waves and Effects on Health’ with special reference to Hypertension at Sangai Continental Hotel, MG Avenue today.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, he said that temperature of the state is rising gradually from average temperature and has even exceeded average temperature in Chandel district, Manipur recently. Considering the raising mercury level of the state, the directorate felt the necessity to build up immediate and long term strategies to beat the brunt of heat waves.
He said that directorate had selected five primary health centres for plantation of trees in its premises such as Andro, Phayeng, Noney, Kakching Khunou and Heingang. The plantation will start soon under the guidance of directorate of environment. He further said that these primary health centres had already started using solar power plant.
Mass awareness on treatment of health issues due to heat waves will be conducted soon, he added and continued that every steps taken would be in collaboration with directorate of environment.
Appealing to people of the state to plant more trees and also conserve the grown trees, he said that the impact of climate change have reached every corners of the world despite variation of intensity. To mitigate this global issue, everyone should be responsible.
Deputy director, directorate of Environment, T. Brajakumar said that it is because of geographical location that the state have not experienced heat waves phenomenon till date despite the fact that the temperature of state even goes beyond average level.
He informed that the state lie in Himalayan belt where balancing of temperature is one of the features of this region. Therefore state mostly experience current climate variability, not the heat wave. However it has become mandatory to take up preventive measures as the impact of climate change has its effect even in the state.
He stated that the directorate had identified Chandel, Tamenglong, Thoubal and Kakching as climate vulnerability assessment districts. Various climate resilient programmes will be projected under State Action Plan for Climate Change in these districts. The activities will be taken in association with concerned line department, he added.
Cardiologist at Shija Hospital and also the resource person of the event, Laishram Sumidra also put that temperature fluctuation is a serious problem for heart patients. For those, they should not involve in heavy work during summer season and health care service provider should provide proper information with regard to health complication and high atmospheric temperature.
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