Karachi establishes heat stroke wards amid heatwave warning

06:03 PM | 18 May, 2024
Karachi Heatwave

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave warning for Sindh and various regions of the country, effective from May 21 to May 27. In response, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has released comprehensive advisory guidelines aimed at mitigating the risks associated with the impending heatwave. Consequently, government hospitals throughout Karachi have initiated preparations by establishing dedicated heat stroke wards to address the potential challenges posed by rising temperatures.

As outlined in the advisory issued by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, temperatures are expected to surge notably starting from May 21 until May 23, peaking at around 35 to 40 degrees Celsius during daytime hours. Subsequently, the intensity of the heatwave is projected to increase from May 23 to May 27, with temperatures forecast to exceed 45 degrees Celsius.

In anticipation of the looming heatwave, hospital administrations and medical personnel in Karachi have been instructed to maintain heightened vigilance. Specialized heat stroke wards have been inaugurated in several hospitals across the city. For instance, Jinnah Hospital has established a dedicated ward equipped with 20 beds, admitting an average of 8 to 10 heat-affected patients daily, among whom 4 to 5 are classified as critical cases. Additionally, 1 to 2 new patients are admitted each day.

At the Sindh Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics, a specialized ward comprising 8 beds has been designated for providing initial medical assistance to heatstroke patients. Furthermore, an additional ward comprising 10 beds has been arranged to cater to the intensive care needs of critically ill heatstroke patients.

Dr. Liaquat, the Medical Superintendent at the Sindh Institute of Trauma and Orthopedics, highlighted that the hospital is witnessing a daily influx of approximately 30 to 35 patients exhibiting symptoms such as fever, palpitations, and dizziness attributed to the prevailing heat.

Medical experts have advised people to prioritize hydration, refrain from unnecessary outdoor activities, and promptly seek medical assistance upon experiencing symptoms such as palpitations, fever, dizziness, or nausea.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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