PESHAWAR - Owing to sudden rise in mercury level, approximately 30 heatstroke patients were admitted to three major hospitals of Peshawar, hospital sources said on Monday. They said that one patient was expired while the rest were recovering.

Sensing the situation, emergency has been declared at all hospitals, besides additional beds have also been placed in various wards of the government hospitals while staff members have been directed to remain present on duties.

Temperature jumped to 43 degree Celsius in the city and its surroundings, which caused heatstroke to some 30 people. The provincial capital and several other parts of the province have remained under the grip of severe heat for the last three days.

In Peshawar, most of patients were moved to Hayatabad Medical Complex, Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital. However, several of them were discharged after the treatment.

The heat wave continued in Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Kohat, D.I.Khan, Tank, Charsadda, Lakki Marwat and adjoining areas, forcing the people to remain indoor to avoid sunstroke and other dehydration related problems.

However, several children and elders were brought to the hospitals after their condition deteriorated owing to dehydration.

A spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar while talking to The Nation said that five patients of heatstroke were received and later were discharged after medical treatment. In addition, in the wake of persistent heat wave and hot temperature since last Saturday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has put on alert all the three major hospitals.

“In case of continuous heat waves and dry spell, establishment of special wards in hospitals for patients of sunstroke, dehydration and gastro ailments have also been proposed,” officials said. In summer, people are advised to include vegetables and light food in their meal and increase use of water, besides covering their heads while moving under open sky to avoid sunstroke.

Not only this, hot weather has also affected business activities in Peshawar due to lack of shoppers and the shopkeepers are waiting for pleasant change in the weather. As attendance of shoppers in all the major markets and bazaars are very low especially during day time due to very hot temperature and most of families are waiting for pleasant change in the weather for Eidul Fitr shopping.

A Spokesman of local Met Office when contacted hinted improvement in the prevailing weather during next 24 hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They said that rain with thunderstorms in scattered places of Hazara and isolated places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat divisions and Upper Fata during next 24 is expected.

Meanwhile, provincial senior minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious human lives due to immense heatstroke in various localities and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved and affected families.