Winter Months Have Witnessed More Deaths Compared To Other Months: AMC

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Winter Months Have Witnessed More Deaths Compared To Other Months: AMC

| Updated: January 21, 2023 16:01

The Health Department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) reports that over the past few years, the winter months have witnessed more deaths compared to the non-winter months. The increase in winter deaths indicates that cold weather causes increased cardiac load, resulting in cardiac arrests.

It also affects people with comorbid conditions. Senior citizens are the most vulnerable during the winter.

In non-winter months, the city’s civic body’s health department registers approximately 2,500–2,700 deaths per month. Around 50,000 deaths have been recorded. However, registrations of deaths under AMC are only related to the entries made at crematoriums. This data excludes deaths related to burials in agiyaries, cemeteries, and other places.

AMC health department sources said, “In 2018, December and January months together saw nearly 5,923 deaths, while in 2019 there were 6,439 deaths. There were 3,335 deaths in January 2020, 2,795 deaths in December 2022, and 1,913 deaths through January 18 of this year.”

The source claims that deaths during the winter “need to be noted.” They further added that the high number clearly demonstrates the city’s need for a “Cold Action Plan” to combat weather conditions and foggy days.

Dr. Bhavin Joshi, AMC’s Additional Medical Officer of Health, cited the success of the summer Heat Action Plan when discussing heat-related deaths in 2009-10. “Red Alert deaths have been reduced to the baseline over the last ten years,” he said. He refused to discuss any Cold Action Plan.

Dr. Sandarbh Patel, a senior interventional cardiologist at Jivraj Mehta Hospital, said the winter season has seen an increase in heart attacks and heart failures. “The sympathetic nervous system is activated during the winter, which often leads to blockages in heart vessels, causing heart attacks and strokes,” he says.

Dr. Bhargav Patel, a general physician at City Plus Hospital, suggests avoiding early morning walks during the winter. He claims that winters are risky, especially for senior citizens. Even asthmatics face difficulties. Cycling or walking should also be done only under the supervision of a cardiologist.

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