Chief Secretary Sindh, Syed Asif Hyder Shah, presided over a high-level meeting today to assess and strategize comprehensive measures to address the impending heat wave expected to hit the province from May 21 to May 27.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Energy, Secretary Rehabilitation, Commissioner Karachi, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (DG PDMA), and other key officials. Additionally, all Divisional Commissioners participated via video link. During the meeting, DG PDMA briefed the participants on the alert issued to all relevant organizations regarding the anticipated heat wave. The detailed session involved discussions on various preventive measures and plans implemented by the commissioners to mitigate heat stroke risks.

Chief Secretary Syed Asif Hyder Shah recalled the severe heat wave of 2015, which resulted in significant loss of life. He highlighted the government’s improved preparedness in 2016, which successfully saved many lives. This historical perspective underscores the importance of current efforts to mitigate the impact of the impending heat wave. The Chief Secretary emphasized the importance of a proactive awareness campaign to educate the public on heat wave prevention and safety measures. He issued directives for the establishment of heat wave prevention centers in all hospitals across the province to provide immediate assistance and relief.

Key instructions from the Chief Secretary included:

Availability of Drinking Water: Ensure the availability of drinking water in all markets to help prevent dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

Sun Protection Sheds: Authorities should set up sun protection sheds in areas with high pedestrian traffic to offer shade and prevent heat strokes. Rescue Services on High Alert: Rescue 1122 services are to remain on high alert to respond promptly to any emergencies.

Ensuring Electricity Supply: The Secretary Energy has been tasked with ensuring an uninterrupted electricity supply from K Electric, Hesco, and Sepco during the heat wave period.

Heat Stroke Centers: All Deputy Commissioners are instructed to establish heat stroke centers at public places to facilitate immediate medical assistance.

MEDIA CAMPAIGN: Launch a comprehensive media campaign to raise awareness about the heat wave, including prevention tips and treatment options. This campaign will utilize television, radio, social media, and print media to ensure widespread dissemination of critical information

The Chief Secretary underscored the collective responsibility of all departments and organizations in safeguarding the health and well-being of the citizens during this challenging period. He reiterated the need for coordinated efforts and vigilant monitoring to effectively manage the situation.