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Delhi-NCR schools revise timings, restrict outdoor activities as mercury soars

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Concerned about the health of children due to intense heatwave across the country, the schools in Delhi-NCR reason are not only restricting timings, outdoor activities and stocking ORS and glucose sachets, and but also motivating children to stay hydrated. A torrid heatwave had sent the mercury soaring across large swathes of India with the temperature in Delhi rising to 46 degrees Celsius.

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The national capital also recorded its second hottest April in 72 years with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

On Sunday morning, the city’s lowest temperature was 25.2 degrees Celsius, with mostly clear sky predicted by the meteorological office. At 8:30 a.m., the relative humidity was 55.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier this week said a fresh spell of heatwave is likely to begin over northwest India from May 7 and over central India from May 8.

Centre Urges States/UTs To Review Health Facility Preparedness Amidst Rising Temperature

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The Centre had last week urged states and union territories to review their health facility preparedness for the availability of adequate quantities of medicines and equipment, as well as sufficient drinking water and the continued operation of cooling appliances in critical areas, midst the country’s intense heatwave, reported.

The Centre also encouraged individuals to avoid going out in the sun, especially between 12 and 3 p.m., to avoid intense activities outside in the afternoon, and to avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, or beverages with a lot of sugar, since they might induce greater fluid loss or stomach cramps.

People were also cautioned not to leave children or pets in parked automobiles, as well as to avoid high protein and stale foods.

Delhi Schools Take Steps As Mercury Soars

While closing schools due to heatwave is not an option as suggested by experts as offline classes have started from the new session after nearly two years due to the Covid-induced pandemic.

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Due to the increasing heat, all outside activities have been restricted, according to Shubhi Soni, the Head of the Shri Ram Wonder Years school in Rohini.

“School timings will also be revised as per the prevailing conditions and dispersal in the afternoon peak hours will be avoided to prevent heat strokes and energy drainage among students,” she was quoted by PTI in its report.

“We also have an emergency kit for use, which comprises ORS, glucose, and oral electrolyte to be given to children if they need it. The school staff is keeping a thorough check on children and constantly motivating them to drink water to manage the heatwave,” she said.

Anshu Mital, the principal of MRG School, Rohini, said they have also reduced outdoor activities extensively to safeguard students from exposure to heat. “Students are often motivated to drink plenty of fluids to keep themselves fresh and hydrated. We also have a school clinic with well-trained staff to treat students if there are any health hazards,” the principal said. Water is sprinkled on the school ground and terrace to bring down the temperature, Mital said.

“The rising heat is making it impossible to step outdoors. The school has initiated putting a halt to sports activities as precautionary measures… A workshop is being among students about how to keep oneself hydrated, and the importance of healthy meals loaded with carbs and proteins,” said Harender Kumar Sharma, the principal of TDI International School, Kundli.

Aashish Kumar Sharma, the COO of the Gaurs Group of Schools said parents are being advised to keep their children hydrated at all times, and give them lots of liquids to strengthen their immunity and revitalise them for the school day. “We ensure that proper temperature is maintained at classrooms and school premises… The teachers are always encouraging students to drink water at regular intervals. We are also planning to put curbs on outdoor activities due to the rising mercury,” he said.

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