KMC sets up First Response Centers in 12 hospitals
KARACHI: The Medical & Health Services Department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), has set up First Response Centers in 12 KMC hospitals for treatment of patients affected by heatstroke and also designated 163 beds in these health facilities.
Senior Director Medical & Health Services, KMC, Dr Mohammad Ali Abbasi, while talking to reporter, said 50-bed First Response Centers had been established in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, 10-bed in Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases, 15-bed in Landhi Medical Complex, 20-bed in Sarfaraz Rafiquee Shaheed Hospital, 10-bed in Gazdarabad General Hospital, 10-bed in Leprosy Hospital, 5-bedded in Cardiac Emergency Centre, Shah Faisal, 06-bed Cardiac Emergency, Landhi, 12-bed in Spencer Eye Hospital, 14-bed in Sobhraj Maternity Hospital, 06-bed in Gizri Maternity Home) and 05-bed in Homeopathic Hospital.
He said all First Response Centers will remain functional till end of summer season. He said that all the heads of hospitals had been directed to make all the necessary arrangements to cope with any medical emergency during summer.
He said hospitals administrations had been directed to ensure availability of doctors, medical staff and medicines to cater to the need of the heat stroke patients. He said focal persons had also been appointed to monitor the situation in their respective health facilities as well as to coordinate with department.
Dr Abbasi advised the citizens to wear light color & loose fitted cloths, drink more water & liquids, take bath as much as possible, while children, elderly people having chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease and others need to avoid prolong expose to sunlight unnecessarily, monitor and control body temperatures, drink ORS if feel exhausted.
He informed that three people with heat exhaustion were reported in ‘First Response Centres’ so far but no any heat-stroke patients was brought to healthcare centres to date.
In 2015, Karachi was worst affected by searing heat which resulted in over 1,200 deaths in the city while thousands other were also affected.