Tarai-Madesh under threat of growing heat wave: Study

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Kathmandu: The Tarai-Madhesh is facing a growing risk of heat waves. The study on ‘Assessing trends of heat waves and perception of people about health risks of heat wave in Nepal’, conducted first time in Nepal, showed that the recent freak storm that struck some places in Bara and Parsa districts was the result of uneven heat.

This is mentioned in the report of study financially and technically assisted by the World Health Organisation and conducted by the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) here today. The preliminary findings of the report are the scale of heat is increasing and the southern plains witness hotter nights; impact of pre- monsoon before and excessive rains during monsoon. Meteorological data from 1987 to 2016 were taken for the study with the support of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

The study included 318 participants of three districts and over 50 percent of them had adverse health impact due to the increasing heat. The report notes the Tarai-Madhesh is coming under a risk of heat wave and the preventive measures against its consequences should be taken on time. Number of asthma patients increasing According to another report about the national survey on non-communicable diseases unveiled today itself, the density of disease is 11.7 percent.

A total of 13,200 people above 20 years of age of 72 districts were covered by the study. Of them, 8.6 percent were found with diabetes; s 6 percent with kidney problems and 2.9 with heart-related problems. The lab test of blood and urine samples and medical checkup of hearts and lungs of the participants ended with these findings.

The study about demography-based cancer diseased showed that the Kathmandu has the highest number of cancer patients. The survey on mental health conducted in Dhanusha, Bhaktapur and Dolakha showed that 11 percent adolescents have this problem while the percent of adults living with mental health issue is 13 percent. The finding of another study is that mobilization of health workers in schools helps in behavioral change and personality development among students. RSS