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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2006; 5(3): 96-97


Muhammad Aslam and Ghulam Mustafa Lodhi.

Pakistan is blessed with a diversity of weather conditions
ranging from extreme cold to extreme hot weathers
that may be accompanied by humidity. The relationship
between human health and stressful weather
is a multifaceted medical, social and environmental
issue. Heat related illnesses are known since Biblical
times.1 The scientific reports on heat related casualties
date back to 1743, when 11000 persons died in
China due to heat wave in one month. Slower march
of climate alterations present a formidable challenge
for health professionals and the humanity en bloc.
Increasing evidence shows that atmospheric carbon
dioxide levels are at rise and causing global warming.
Global warming indicators suggest that average earth
temperature has risen between 0.4C and 0.8C over
last century and envisaged increase in temperatures
by year 2100 is between 1.5C and 5.8C. As a result
of this, heat waves creating stressful weather with appalling
consequences are projected to increase in
sternness and frequency. The number of people killed
annually by weather disasters between 1972 and
1996 was about 123000 and most of them were in
Africa and Asia.2

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