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Down with gastro infections? Blame it on summer

india Updated: Apr 23, 2011 23:29 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times
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With the onset of summer, cases of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea are on the rise in the city.

Doctors have warned that children and those working outdoors must be extra careful as they are most vulnerable to heat. A paediatrician said that nearly 70% patients who came for medication were suffering from diarrhoea and related gastric disorders.

“The number of diarrhoea patients has almost doubled,” said Rajiv Chabbra, a senior paediatrician at Artemis Health Institute. About the age group of patients who are most prone to gastro-intestinal problems, he said, “I get patients from all age groups, from six months to 16 years.”

Arpit Jain, a general physician, corroborated the claim. “The problem will continue till September. By then, the number of gastro-intestinal cases is expected to jump considerably.”

Most hospitals in the city are witnessing a similar trend. “All gastro-intestinal diseases are picking up. It is mainly because of contaminated water. These cases will see more increase after rains,” said Sanjay Sharma, chief operating officer, Alchemist Institute of Medical Sciences.

To deal with the problem, the health administration is also getting its act together.

“We have given instructions for regular use of chlorine tablets in water and samples from suppliers are being checked. We also urge residents to boil water for drinking purpose,” said Parveen Kumar Garg, civil surgeon, Gurgaon.

While sharing a word of caution, Dr Sharma says: “One should avoid excess tea or coffee in summer. Even the intake of aerated drinks should be minimised.”

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