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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Rise in water-borne, viral ailment cases

SEASONAL DISEASES like viral fever, throat infections and water-borne ailments are on the rise with change in weather and a spell of two of erratic rains over the past few weeks.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 01:17 IST
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Hindustantimes
         

SEASONAL DISEASES like viral fever, throat infections and water-borne ailments are on the rise with change in weather and a spell of two of erratic rains over the past few weeks.

Most city hospitals are experiencing an upsurge in the cases of weather-related diseases. The out patient department (OPD) of the City’s biggest hospital, Hamidia is receiving more than 20 patients suffering from viral fever and throat infections daily.

“Almost 25-30 patients with various kinds of viral ailments are coming to the OPD daily,’’ Superintendent Dr S C Tiwari told the Hindustan Times today. The number of patients complaining of water-borne diseases and jaundice is on the rise. Allergies and conjunctivitis are spreading in the City.

“Cases of jaundice and other water-borne diseases would increase now with the ground water level receding due to onset of summer,’’ Dr Tiwari mentioned. The number of patients of all age, is going up at the hospital OPD, the Superintendent added.

Similar is the situation at the Jaiprakash Hospital (JP) with several patients arriving daily with complaints of viral infections and water borne diseases.

“Almost 25 per cent of the OPD patients daily are complaining of throat infections, cough and viral fever,’’ Superintendent Dr D K Verma said. The temperature fluctuations over the past few weeks have triggered viral infections in the City, Dr Verma maintained.

He added that the cases of water-borne diseases were also on the rise. “Diaorrheoa, typhoid, jaundice and other water-borne ailments are increasing continuously,’’ he stated.

Doctors across the City also informed that diseases like measles and chicken pox were also spreading and most of the patients were adolescents in the age group of 10-12 years.

‘Go to docs for cure of jaundice, measles’
DOCTORS LAMENTED the fact that many people still relied upon the traditional methods of healing like jhaad-phook to cure jaundice and measles.

Doctors feel that such methods should be avoided, as they only aggravated the disease and by the time the patients realised it and rushed to doctors, the condition becomes too complicated.

Doctors also advice to maintain a high-level hygiene to avoid water-borne diseases. They maintain that all eatables should be consumed after proper cooking and drinking water should be purified either by boiling or other means.