India Burns as Heat Wave Grips 53.9% of the Population, Churu Worst-hit at 50.8 Degrees

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India, says rising temperatures and its impact on agricultural output has been “implicated as one of the causes of suicides among farmers.” She added that changes in climatic conditions lead to changes in the lifecycle of those who transmit infectious diseases, for example, mosquitoes. And this, in turn, changes the patterns of infectious diseases. “The dengue wave that happened in the recent years can be attributed to changes in climatic conditions.” “Therefore, the health sector has to be prepared in dealing with vector-borne diseases,” she stated.

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