PM Narendra Modi reviews preparedness to tackle heatwave this summer

New Delhi, (|Chairing a meeting to review preparedness for the upcoming heat wave season on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the need to have a whole of Government approach. “All arms of the government at Central, State and District levels and various Ministries need to work on this in synergy,” the PM said adding that awareness creation along with adequate preparation in hospitals is needed.The PM also highlighted the need for quick detection and putting out forest fires.

During the meeting, the PM was briefed about the temperature outlook for the period from April to June this year including the forecasts for the upcoming hot weather season from April to June, the likelihood of above-normal maximum temperatures over most parts of the country, especially with high probability over Central India and western peninsular India.

Preparedness in the health sector was reviewed in terms of essential medicines, intravenous fluids, ice packs, ORS and drinking water. The timely dissemination of essential IEC / awareness material especially in regional languages through all platforms such as television, radio and social media was discussed.
Since a hotter-than-normal summer is expected in 2024, which coincides with the General Elections, it was felt that the Advisories issued by MoHFW and NDMA be translated into regional languages and disseminated widely. (UNI)