AMC's action plan to beat the heat saved lives across India
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and IMD [India Meteorological Department] have both been conducting national and regional workshops on heat wave preparedness, while a number of states and cities across the country are participating with their plans on tackling this heat.
Special credit for this should go to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), which made the city the first in south Asia to implement a comprehensive heatwave action plan in 2013. It's been six years that the Heat Action Plan (HAP) was implemented with support from IMD and IIPHG (Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar).
Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health at AMC, said that after implementation of HAP, there has been a drastic reduction in cases of heat strokes and heat-related deaths. "It's a matter of fact that now, there are more than 30 cities from 13 states which have been inspired by AMC's plan. The most important thing is to create awareness regarding temperature and ask people to stay indoors," said Dr Solanki.