प्रतिक्रिया | Sunday, May 19, 2024

Prime Minister Modi chairs meet to review preparedness for heat wave conditions

Amid rising temperatures in several parts of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for heat wave related situations. He stressed upon whole of government approach. PM Modi also highlighted the importance of awareness creation along with adequate preparation in hospitals.

In the meeting, PM Modi was briefed about forecasts for upcoming hot weather season and likelihood of above normal maximum temperatures. While reviewing the overall situation, the Prime Minister also reviewed the preparedness of the health sector, so that the affected areas and people could be provided with the required health services.

In the meeting, timely dissemination of essential IEC or awareness material, especially in regional languages through all platforms was also stressed, as it is widely perceived that the information provided in the local languages reach more effectively to the people. In this regard, advisories have also been issued by the Health Ministry and NDMA, which are being translated into regional languages and disseminated widely.

PM Modi was briefed about the temperature outlook for the period from April to June, 2024 including the forecasts for the upcoming hot weather season (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. It was discussed that the timely dissemination of essential IEC or awareness material especially in regional languages through television, radio and social media, can have a greater impact over the people.

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.

Prime Minister stressed upon the whole of Government approach. He said that all arms of the government at Central, State and District levels and various ministries need to work on this in synergy. Prime Minister also stressed upon awareness creation along with adequate preparation in hospitals. He also highlighted the need for quick detection and putting out forest fires.

The Principal Secretary to PM, Home Secretary, officials from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), and the National Disaster Management Authority participated in the meeting.

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