The monsoon season is just around the corner and several infections and diseases have already started affecting residents in city, especially children, who are seen making a beeline to General Hospital, Sector 6, in Panchkula.
The hospital has already started witnessing a mad rush of patients on its premises and the situation can be assessed from the fact that at least 15 cases of diarrhoea are being reported on a daily basis here.
The doctors blame the intake of contaminated food and water for the same. Most of the cases are being reported from nearby colonies, they said.
The doctors said that diarrhoea cases are bound to increase in the coming days as monsoons are approaching and people need to be more careful about the water and food they consume during this time.
Dr Raj Kumar Singhal, a consultant and incharge of special newborn care unit (SNCU) at the hospital said: "We are getting several cases, where children are suffering from diarrhoea and these cases are being reported from different areas. After treatment precaution is a must and one has to be careful while consuming food and water. We advise people to drink boiled water, as the infection is mostly spread through contaminated water."
Also they added that patients should not take medicines to stop loose motions, as according to them, this can be dreadful.
Dr Singhal said: "The infection occurs in the intestines from where it comes out of the body in the form of loose motions. People tend to take medicines to stop the same, but this is more dreadful."
He said that by stopping loose motions, the infection spreads from the intestine to other parts of the body, thereby adding further complications. The doctors also stressed on keeping the body hydrated and to drink as much water as one can throughout the day.
What is Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is the condition of having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements per day. The most common cause is gastroenteritis.
It is a common cause of death in developing countries and the second-most common cause of infant deaths worldwide.
The loss of fluids through diarrhoea can cause dehydration and electrolyte disturbances such as potassium deficiency or other salt imbalances. In 2009 diarrhoea was estimated to have caused 1.1 million deaths in people aged 5 and over <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarrhea> and 1.5 million deaths in children under the age of 5.
Oral rehydration solutions (ORS) with modest amounts of salts and zinc tablets are the treatment of choice and have been estimated to have saved 50 million children in the past 25 years. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diarrhea> In cases, where ORS is not available, homemade solutions are often used.