With the onset of monsoon, the number of diarrhoea cases has shot up in Indore. Going by the number of patients visiting the MY Hospital, 30 percent rise has been registered in the diarrhoea cases.
“Around 25% to 30% increase (in diarrhoea cases) is being observed at MY Hospital alone. This increase happened the moment rains started receding. High levels of humidity making way for houseflies and accumulated garbage clogged in puddles of water are some of the causes,” said MGM Medical College vice dean Dr Sanjay Dixit.
Talking about the deaths due to diarrhoea, Dr Dixit said that lack of education and first-aid are some of the reasons why deaths occur, especially in the remote areas.
“When a patient gets diarrhoea, it is important that he remains hydrated, but the patients reach us in a situation wherein it is impossible to revive them, as they lose a lot of water from their body and are not in a situation to be revived,” he said.
“Small children are the worst targets. Many people are not educated enough to tend to diarrhoea in a rightful way,” Dr Dixit said.
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in-charge for cleanliness and solid waste management, Rajendra Rathore admitted that diarrhoea has spread in Ward No 17 and 18 in Sanver tehsil. “We are receiving reports of cases from other places as well,” Rathore added while talking to HT.
Giving reasons behind why the situation arises every year, chief medical health officer (CMHO) Dr SK Porwal said, “The problem is not with the policy or the plans which we make. We have adequate measures at the most grassroots level, but people do not behave in a fashion they ideally should. For instance, they will not go to the hospital unless the patient is on the death-bed. It is one disease where timely treatment is very important.” He also blamed unclean surroundings and impure water for the spread of diarrhoea.
Tips to keep disease at bay
Wash hands properly before eating food
Cover food items and do not consume fruits and vegetables without washing
Try and drink boiled and purified water. If that is not possible, ensure that the water is re-filled in the drinking container after sitting for 24 hours
Ensure that in case of loose motions, a lot of fluids are consumed to keep the water level balanced
Take medical advice if loose motions or vomiting continues at an alarming level.