Keeping in mind the growing temperature in Nagpur, the health department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is working in full swing to create awareness about the measures to be taken to cope up with the heat. Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar recently held a meeting at her chamber to discuss the same and has directed the department to publicize its awareness campaign as much as possible. Present during the meeting were Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar, Chairman of Civil Committee Sanjay Bangale, senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, medical officer Dr Vijay Joshi and zonal health officials of the concerned zones.
From the past few years, to save citizens from the scorching heat and keep them healthy, a ‘Heat Action Plan’ is being implemented in Nagpur. Although, the plan’s implementation has begun since March this year, the increased intensity of heat has resulted in increased need of public awareness. At the meeting, Jichkar reviewed the measures by various zones under the ‘Heat Action Plan’. Under the IC initiative, teachers, anganwadi workers and citizens have been trained till date. At different places in the city, drinking water outlets have been started by various NGOs. Social halls, gardens and temples in Nagpur are being kept open in the afternoon as well to enable people to rest at these places. Banners, posters and stickers have been placed at many places in the city to spread awareness among citizens. Zonal health officials also informed Jichkar that efforts are being made to reach to people through the corporators.
Stressing upon the importance of reaching maximum people, Jichkar told the officials that the citizens can also be reached in huge numbers at the Khasdar Krida Mahotsav, which has started from May 6. She also directed them to increase awareness about the increasing temperature through radio, local cable channels and social media.
Making an appeal to citizens of Nagpur to be healthy, Mayor Nanda Jichkar said, “The temperature has increased tremendously. Citizens should avoid walking in the sun during the period of 12 pm to 4 pm, drink plenty of water and try to work in cool places.”