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Viral demon catching 60 patients a day

MONSOON SHOWERS may have brought down scorching summer heat. But, this has a flip side too. Almost 60 viral patients are visiting various hospitals per day.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 00:17 IST

MONSOON SHOWERS may have brought down scorching summer heat. But, this has a flip side too.

Almost 60 viral patients are visiting various hospitals per day.

Doctors say it’s because monsoon reduces the immunity level of the body and “makes us susceptible to seasonal infections”. This is proved by the fact that viral fever is on the rise.  Doctors say the number would rise in the next 15 days as the change of season is making an impact on human health.

“The severity of any disease gets higher among kids as the safety margin in them is less. This is the season when kids need maximum protection but they are falling victim to viral fever,” says Prof GK Malik of the department of Paediatric at King George’s Medical University.

Every day over two-dozen kids are seeking consultancy in the OPD of the paediatric department for viral fever.  “A few serious ones who have their immune level very low are being admitted,” Prof Malik stated.

“Change of season has given rise to patients of viral fever who number at least 12 every day. Half of them are kids below the age of 10,” says Dr Mudit Goyal an Ayurveda practitioner. The scene is no different at the government hospitals where the number of kids has increased at the OPD. All because of fever and cough. Dr GK Singh of the department of paediatrics at the Balrampur hospital, as “half of the patients in the department OPD are coming with high fever.”

At Balrampur every doctor in the OPD gets five kids with fever and there are four paediatricians in the OPD. The rest are seeking consultancy for diarrhoea and vomit. Doctors say the seasonal impact would remain for next 15 days.

Says the joint secretary of the Indian Medical Association Dr PK Gupta say, “kids are vulnerable to hyperpyrexia, a condition where high fever is associated with running nose.” The best way is to take precautions with home remedies and keep the child safe. Simple things like ginger and a few medicines can save kids from the attack of viral infection.