KARACHI: The city has been gripped with sweltering heat since the past week, with reports that claim there have been countless deaths due to the heatwave.
Director Health Karachi Dr Tahir Aziz denied a statement by the Edhi Foundation that 65 people having been deceased was a consequence of the heatwave.
No deaths have been reported so far at any hospital of Karachi due to heatstroke, Aziz added.
He also claimed that the department has no knowledge about people who died, nor did they have any of their death certificates. Edhi mortuary authorities failed to provide any details of the affected, he claimed.
Medical Superintendents of Jinnah have also denied deaths due to heatwaves in their respective hospitals.
Spokesman of Sindh Health Department Dr Zafar Mehdi said that all the medicines and necessary items have been provided all the hospitals. Hospitals reported over 20 peoples affected by the heatwave in different hospitals but were released after medical treatment.
Media spokesman for the Edhi Foundation said it had not received any more bodies than the earlier reported 65 death bodies. He also said that they have no way of knowing details of the deceased and the only information they possessed was apparently provided by the families.
The heatwave engulfing the country’s industrial hub is expected to continue tormenting citizens today, as well as tomorrow.
Red alerts from the meteorological department have also been issued while the health department of Sindh has imposed emergency and made special wards for heatwave afllicted in all provincial and KMC hospitals.