A 70 year old Canadian woman became the first ever patient to be diagnosed with ‘climate change’. She was facing issues related to climate change. As per doctors of the patient she was having problem in breathing. Her health condition was the result of the deadly heatwave that came in the country earlier this year.
Dr Kyle Merritt is the head of the Kootenay Lake Hospital’s emergency room (ER) department. He has seen various cases of poor health condition due to heat. The pre-existing disease becomes more deadly like diabetes, heart failure, etc.
Dr Merritt was quoted in the article, saying ,“If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind.”
“It’s me trying to just … process what I’m seeing. We’re in the emergency department, we look after everybody, from the most privileged to the most vulnerable, from cradle to grave, we see everybody. And it’s hard to see people, especially the most vulnerable people in our society, being affected. It’s frustrating,” he says.
The doctor told about the impact of heatwaves. He said, “She has diabetes. She has some heart failure. … She lives in a trailer, no air conditioning,” said Merritt of the senior patient. “All of her health problems have all been worsened. And she’s really struggling to stay hydrated.”
Due to the heatwaves in Canada, hundreds of people lost their lives. 49.6 was the all tome temperature recorded on June 29.