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54% increase in heat-related deaths in older people globally in last two decades

A man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad. (AP Photo/File) Source: Indian Express

Dr Poornima Prabhakaran, Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India, said The Lancet report has yet again highlighted India’s vulnerabilities, with heatwave related mortality and consequent economic implications of reduced workforce and curtailed labour days ranking among the highest in the world.

“Air pollution from continued dependence on fossil fuel combustion for power generation in India mandates an accelerated action plan for transition to cleaner forms of energy,” Prabhakaran said. She added that a renewed focus is required on strengthening public health workforce and infrastructure.

Read the full article titled ‘54% increase in heat-related deaths in older people globally in last two decades’ by Anuradha Mascarenhas published in Indian Express.  

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