In Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, 54 people have died and over 400 people are hospitalised in Ballia District Hospital in the last 72 hours amid soaring temperatures. According to doctors at the district hospital, the deaths of people can be due to severe heat, but there are different reasons for the deaths. They said hospitalisation is rising owing to severe heat.
In Ballia district, the temperature lay between 40-44 degree Celsius for the last two days. Most of the people coming to hospital have been declared dead and the numbers are rising. People admitted to the hospital are suffering from diarrhea and heat stroke. Both government and private hospitals beds are occupied with patients.
The sudden increase in deaths and patients being admitted to hospitals with fever, breathing trouble, and other issues have worried the hospital and the staff have been put on alert. S K Yadav, Medical Superintendent in-charge at district hospital Ballia has confirmed that 23 patients died on June 15, 20 patients the next day, and 11 on Saturday. Most of the patients were over the age of 60.
Dr BP Tiwari, Additional Health Director, Azamgarh Circle said a special team has left Lucknow for Ballia to detect the untraceable diseases if there are any. There has been such a rush at the district hospital that patients were unable to get stretchers, and many attendants were carrying their patients to the emergency ward on their shoulders. He has also claimed that it gets difficult if ten patients turn up at the same time, but they have stretchers.
Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Government had launched a probe and transferred the chief medical superintendent of the district hospital, Diwakar Singh, to Azamgarh after a surge in deaths in Ballia. After that, Dr. SK Yadav was given charge of the chief medical superintendent of Ballia.
Ballia alone is not reeling under the heatwave. Several other districts in UP and other states in north India also swelter under severe heat. As many as 54 people have died due to the ongoing heatwave in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia, while 44 people have reportedly lost their lives in Bihar in the last three days. All schools in Patna have been shut till June 24.
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