Hospitals see more pediatric patients amid cold weather22 January 2021
The severity of winter has been increasing in the capital as well as across the country. At the same time, the number of pediatric patients in different public hospitals is on rise.
Every day, more than 1500 children are treated at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of different public hospitals in the city for various cold-related diseases.
As the number of sick children has increased in the hospital rapidly, so parents are worried about their children sufferings from diarrhea, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.
Meanwhile, insufficient doctors, staffs and inadequate seats in generally have to face such a big number of patients in the hospitals every day.
On Thursday, it was learned from the spot that the Ward No-7 of Pediatric Department of Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH) where total seats are about 18 for the children, but there were
about 60 patients which means three more patients in a single bed.
A mother of sick child named Lina Begum from Chandpur told the New Nation that they came to DMCH after visiting four more hospitals. But in her bed there are two more child patients along with their guardians that made intolerable sufferings to the all seat holders.
Mohammad Saidul Haque from Narayanganj, father of another child, told the New Nation that actually they are from poor family. They don't have enough ability to visit private hospital.
That is why their lone destination is DMCH. So such problems strike them, he added.
In this case when the duty paediatric doctor Pritom Paul was asked, he told the New Nation that every winter session they generally face such big problem due to increasing number of new pneumonia patients. But we tried our best to serve all of them. We even some time become helpless to see such a large number of patients here, so they have nothing to do except serving, Dr Pritom added.
When asked regarding this issue, Brigadier General Mohammad Nazmul Haque, Director of Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), told the New Nation that actually here is no scope to deny the fact. But it is mentionable that we never return any patient back from the hospital. We always give our best efforts to serve the entire patient.
Besides, I haven't got such information from departmental head. I must take initiative to reduce the patient's sufferings after a proper inspection, Director said.
When asked about, the sufferings of Out Patient Department (OPD), popularly known as outdoor , he said our annex building are under construction to solve the OPD problems.
We have already began the work to bring the discipline at the Emergency Department, so we need more time to ensure better environment for the all patients , Director added.
Meanwhile, the number of pediatric patients in city'Shishu Hospital is also increasing enormously.
Sources said that about 500/600 children are being treated at the out Patient Department (OPD) of Shishu Hospital daily for various cold-related diseases.