Havoc due to extreme heat! 150 Delhiites died in 48 hours, funerals suddenly doubled at Nigambodh Ghat

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Delhi is battling deadly heat. This scorching heat has put people's lives at risk. People are falling prey to heat stroke not only outside the house, but also inside the house. In the last 48 hours, 116 patients have been confirmed to be brought dead (death before reaching the hospital) to major hospitals in Delhi, while 30 patients have died due to heat stroke and heat-related illness. However, heat is not considered to be the direct cause of death of the dead patients brought. Experts also believe that such a large number of dead patients brought in a day do not come, somewhere the heat can also be the reason for death.

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Deadly heat increased tension

The first heat wave in Delhi was between 22nd May and 4th June. After that, the heat wave has been going on since 17th June. For the first time in this summer, a heat stroke unit was set up in RML Hospital. Here, cooling with cold water was arranged to reduce the fever of heat stroke patients. Emergency department head Dr. Seema Vasnik said that people are not taking heat stroke seriously. On Tuesday, an 82-year-old woman was brought in with high fever. Her blood pressure was not right. She was having trouble breathing. She was on ventilator. Her condition was very critical, we could not save her.

Dr. Seema said that people are coming with fever ranging from 102 to 107 degrees. When a patient stays with such fever for a long time, the enzymes in his body stop working and it affects all the organs of the body. Such a patient cannot be cured completely. She said that 5 new patients came on Wednesday, out of which three are women. One of them used to work in a house. Her owner felt that she was not well, she had fever. When she was brought here, she had fever up to 105 degrees. But now she is fine.

what the doctors are saying

Dr Chand Wattal, microbiologist at Gangaram Hospital, said that people are also suffering from diarrhoea at this time, which can be viral or bacterial. Water-borne bacterial infections are like cholera, shigella dysentery or non-typhoidal salmonella and should be treated only with ORS, which is easily available these days. If a person can take it by mouth then it is the best treatment. If the diarrhoea is very severe then one should go to the doctor.

30 deaths in three days due to heat in Noida-Ghaziabad! The death figures are frightening

17 people were brought dead to RML hospital

Since May 27, 45 heat-related patients have been admitted to the hospital, out of which 9 have died. In the last 24 hours, 17 brain dead patients have been confirmed in the hospital. This means that the patient had died before reaching the hospital. There can be many reasons for the death of such patients. But the administration says that brain dead patients do not come in such a large number. 12 brain dead patients were also brought to Lady Harding.

9 deaths in Safdarjung Hospital

So far, 42 patients have been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital for treatment due to heat-related diseases. Of these, 27 patients were admitted earlier, out of which 4 were confirmed dead. On Wednesday, 15 patients were admitted, out of which 5 have died. That is, a total of 42 patients were admitted and 9 have died. However, the hospital administration says that out of the 5 deaths on Wednesday, two deaths were found to be according to the NDMC standard for heat stroke. In this way, the total number of deaths due to heat stroke has become 7. Among those who died on Wednesday, one was a 55-year-old woman from Sangam Vihar and the other was a 45-year-old man from Noida.

Condition of Delhi Government hospitals

In the last 48 hours, 87 brain deaths have been confirmed in 37 Delhi government hospitals. Of these, the highest number of brain dead patients have been confirmed in DDU (41), LNJP (20), LBS (15), Babu Jagjivan Ram (4), Deep Chand Bandhu (6) and 1 brain dead patient has been confirmed in Indira Gandhi hospital. In the last 48 hours, 310 heat-related patients were admitted, out of which 122 were discharged while 14 died. The death of 6 patients has been confirmed in LNJP, 4 in GTB, 1 each in Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Deep Chand and Indira Gandhi.

The organization claims that 192 homeless people died between June 11 and 19

According to the Center for Holistic Development (CHD), 192 homeless people have died in Delhi between June 11 and 19. According to CHD, a total of 348 people have died in June so far. The organization also claims that 80 percent of the bodies that have not been identified are homeless. However, according to the report, 371 people died in May last year and 277 deaths occurred in June. During the Covid period, there were 255 deaths in May 2020 and 356 in June. There were 259 deaths in May 2021 and 255 in June. There were 354 deaths in May 2022 and 451 in June. There were 371 deaths in May 2023 and 277 in June.

The number of funerals at Nigam Bodh Ghat suddenly doubled

The number of bodies brought for cremation at Delhi's Nigam Bodh Ghat has suddenly increased. On Wednesday (till 7 pm) 118 bodies were cremated at Nigam Bodh Ghat, while on Tuesday 97 bodies were brought for cremation. MCD officials say that usually 55 to 60 bodies are brought here for cremation every day.

MCD officials say that the situation was normal till two days ago. In the last two days, there has been a huge increase in the number of cremations. Officials said that from June 1 to 17, a total of 937 bodies were cremated at the Nigam Bodh Ghat. According to these figures, an average of 55 to 60 cremations were done every day. However, in the last two days, there has been a huge increase in the number of bodies coming to the Nigam Bodh Ghat. On Tuesday, 97 bodies were cremated at the Nigam Bodh Ghat. On Wednesday, the number of bodies increased to 118. Of these, 99 bodies were cremated with wood and 19 bodies were cremated with CNG.

In Delhi, the last rites of unclaimed bodies are performed at the cremation ground located in Sarai Kale Khan area. For the past few days, 10 to 15 bodies are being brought here every day. On normal days, on an average, only 6 to 7 bodies are brought here for cremation.

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BJP attacked Delhi government over deaths due to heat stroke

Delhi BJP state president Virendra Sachdeva and state spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor have hit back at the statement of Delhi government's Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj. BJP leaders say that people are dying of heat stroke in Delhi in the scorching heat and the government is not concerned about it. There is no arrangement for heat stroke patients in any of the Delhi government hospitals. There is no facility of water, fan or cooler in the night shelters. People are leaving the night shelters and taking shelter in other places.

According to state president Virendra Sachdeva, due to the scorching heat and strong sunlight, cases of heat stroke are increasing rapidly in Delhi. But, the Delhi government does not care about it. Therefore, many people have died so far due to heat stroke and heat-related diseases. Street vendors, laborers, rickshaw pullers, cart drivers and auto drivers are falling prey to heat stroke and heat-related diseases. The government has left them to their fate. So far, about 14-15 cases of death due to heat stroke have been reported. Sachdeva says that at such a time, the night shelters built by the Delhi government to protect people from the scorching sun and heat are also of no use. There is neither a fan nor a cooler in them, there is also no drinking water in the night shelters. Delhi State Spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor cornered the government on the issue of heat stroke. He says that heat stroke patients could have been treated in Mohalla Clinic or MCD Clinic.

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