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Winter ch(ill): Ailments on rise

india Updated: Dec 09, 2012 01:15 IST
Himabindu Reddy
Himabindu Reddy
Hindustan Times
Himabindu Reddy

The overcoats are out, fog has started making sly visits and winter is leisurely approaching its zenith with minimum temperature dipping to seven degree Celsius.

Amid all this, Gurgaon is reporting a spurt in wheezing, pneumonia and common cold cases.

"The number of winter ailment cases has drastically increased by one-and-a-half times,” said Dr Anuj Kumar Dhama, paediatrician at Alchemist hospital.

Gurgaon, an emerging healthcare hub in the country, is witnessing a sudden spurt in ailments such as cough, common cold, wheezing, pneumonia, cough, among others.

“Children are most prone to such infections because their airways are small and hence easily get blocked. A minor cold or running nose can get severe, if it is not treated on time," added Dhama.

In old people, Vitamin D deficiency, which is on a rise these days, is the reason for their being prone to winter ailments, the doctor said.

According to doctors, cough in children this season is prolonged to almost two weeks —which is an unusual trend.

"Till last year, the cough would be cured in a span of five days," said Dhama.

The average humidity level is the air these days is around 50%, which is favourable for the multiplication of bacteria and microorganisms causing infections. “We have been getting many cases of wheezing due to the smog. Moreover, there is a viral infection in the air due to the change in weather conditions," said Dr VS Bhalla, medical superintendent of Park hospital.

Doctors say the best way to keep away from the winter ailments is to be well-clothed and drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration. Doctors also advise that children, especially newborns, should be kept away from infected persons.

Schools start late to keep cold at bay

HT Correspondent
Gurgaon: With the winter setting in, schools in the city have issued an advisory to students and parents on keeping the cold at bay.

Many schools have delayed their timings by half-an-hour to one hour, while winter uniforms have been made compulsory. The winter vacations in a majority of schools are scheduled from December 31 to January 14.
“All students have to wear windcheaters to keep themselves warm,” said Col Pratap Singh Yadav, president, Haryana Progressive Schools Conference, Gurgaon (HPSC).

This has been a usual practice by all schools during the winter season in Gurgaon.

“The temperatures will further decrease in the coming days. We keep issuing health advisories to our students and parents on appropriate winter clothing,” said Anita Makkar, principal of DAV school.

“We’ve delayed the school timings due to fog in the early morning hours,” added Makkar.
The resident doctors in all schools have also been asked to keep a watchful eye on students.