A helping hand: Red Crescent establishes heatstroke treatment centres in Karachi

Published: 3 July 2015 7:01 CET

By Pakistan Red Crescent Society

At least 1360 patients have died due to heatstroke in different hospitals in Karachi. Following the rising number of deaths due to the heatwave, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society established Heatstroke Treatment Centres in the city, almost all of them operating inside Red Crescent’s existing Medical Units in Karachi. Open to all, the centres provide free-of-charge quality treatment to those who are suffering from heatstroke.

More than a hundred patients were treated in the Red Crescent Diagnostic Centre Clifton, Red Crescent Medical Centre Guru Mandir, Red Crescent Medical Centre Orangi and Red Crescent Medical Unit Liaqatabad.

Patients who arrive at the medical centres will be exposed to cold air, sponged down and given an oral rehydration sachet (ORS) and IV drips. The Red Crescent’s own doctors are looking after the patients and in case a person needs further care, the Red Crescent will deploy its ambulances to bring patients to the nearest hospital.

“We have printed thousands of brochures about heatstroke to create awareness about its symptoms and prevention methods,” says the Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s provincial secretary, Mr. Kanwar Waseem. “Our volunteers are currently distributing the brochures at different public places including hospitals, traffic stops and Red Crescent Medical Centres,” he adds, urging people not to go out unnecessarily and to stay indoors until the heatwave ends. To explain heatstroke treatments to the public, Dr. Muzzamil Perves, Medical Officer for the Red Crescent, appeared on Pakistan’s local news channel, GEO TV.