MEASURES TAKEN ON HEATWAVE CONDITIONS IN TELANGANA STATE BY REVENUE (DM) DEPT.,
The State of Telangana have prepared ‘The Telangana State Heat wave Action Plan’ based on the High Court order and as per the guidelines given by the NDMA and submitted to NDMA.
The Heat wave Action Plan includes identification of vulnerable populations, developing effective strategies, agency coordination to addresses heat-health risks; implementing the Heat Action Plan by activating heat alerts; evaluating and updating the Heat Action Plan regularly.
Chief Secretary held Video Conference on implementation of “The Telangana State Heat Wave Action Plan” and communicated to all District Collectors & HoDs in March, 2016 for implementation to submit daily and weekly reports.
Training programmes were organized for different officials (Medical Officers, Community Health Staff, Health Care Professionals, Administrators, and also VROs, VRAs, paramedical & field staff and link workers (ASHAs, ANMs etc.) for effective implementation of “Heat Wave Action Plan”.
Dr. MCR HRD Institute conducted workshops with District Officials on Heat wave Action Plan with support of UNICEF.
I & PR Department Prepared and positioned IEC Material for adequate publicity through posters (50,000 No’s), pamphlets (2,50,000 No’s), flexi boards & banners (1500 No’s) radio jingles in all ten Districts. Created public awareness on heat-related illnesses, preventive tips and on Do’s & Don’ts of Heat wave through electronic and print media.
District Collectors held regular Press conferences on the risks and dangers of heat related illness, activated “cooling centres” such as temples, public buildings, malls, and also activated NGO’s, Community Groups and Individuals to open “ C h a l iven dra ms ” at public congregation places to provide drinking water and Butter milk during Heat Wave conditions.
Medical and Health Department alerted public as well as in deploying additional staff to take care of public affected due to Sunstroke, activated 108 / 104 Emergency services and also kept adequate stocks of medical supplies like ORS and IV fluids in all hospitals / PHC’s / UHC’s by positioning 5,00,000 ORS packets and 1,000 IV fluids in each district.
Labour and Employment Department activated employers to shift the outdoor workers schedules away from peak afternoon hours (1PM to 4 PM).
PR & RD Department restricted the working hours from 7 to 11 AM during Heat Wave Conditions for the labours working under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
Animal Husbandry Department activated field staff to create awareness among the Livestock farmers on the Animal Management during Heat waves and printed posters and exhibited in the public places of the villages. Cattle troughs were also provided with transportation of Drinking water.
Transport Department and TSRTC established health teams at major bus stands / terminals and other public places for safe transportation by changing the timings of buses during peak hours (12 to 4 PM).
Education Department declared Summer Holidays.
IT Department built ‘T he Telangana State Disaster Management Control
‘The Telangana State Disaster Management Control Portal’ provides functionality of mapping the nearest hospitals, schools and public offices in the identified area to disseminate information.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister has reviewed the situation on Heat wave conditions on 29.04.2016. and instructed the District Collectors and HOD’s on implementation of Heat wave Action Plan.
The State Government constituted a ‘Three member Committee’ at Mandal level with Tahsildar, Sub Inspector of Police and Assistant Civil Surgeon to enquire in to and certify the deaths due to Sun strokes / Heat Waves.
Relief is being paid to the deceased family under Apathbandhu Scheme @Rs.50,000/- per death.
|Commissioner for Disaster Management &|
|Ex-Officio Principal Secretary to Government (FAC)|