The sun is a burning globe in Greater Hyderabad. As soon it is 12 noon, the city is like a ball of flames. Doctors warn of possible sunstroke as temperatures are likely to be higher this year. The summer is relatively better the last year and also, the Lockdown means, it is not much of a problem.
But this time, the medical and health department was on high alert as the summer is setting new records since the end of March. Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Dr. Rajarao warned that people would be at risk of sunstroke as maximum temperatures are being recorded in Greater Hyderabad.
He appealed to people not to bring young children, the elderly, and pregnant women outside during the day unless it is an emergency. He warned of a risk of de-hydration quickly. "Excessive sun exposure can cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. People should drink freshwater often in summer and consume mostly liquids. It is also better to stay away from oily foods and junk food as much as possible," Dr. Rajarao advised.
As a precautionary measure, the medical and health department has alerted the medical officers of all health centers in Greater. Dr. Srinivas Rao, Director, Public Health, directed the medical officers to make available specialized medical services at all levels of health centers from Basti Hospital to District Hospital. All government hospitals have DNS, NS, and other fluids as well as ORS packets, antibiotics, and other medicines available, he said.