Children falling sick in large numbers

Change of season blamed

06 March 2021

Reza Mahmud :
Sicknesses including cold fever, flu, cough, pneumonia, stomach pain and other complains among children is on rise.
As such, parents are worried as to how to take care of their children in these circumstances.
They take their kids to the hospitals and pediatric doctors' private chambers forgetting costs.
In these circumstances, the number of child patients is increasing alarmingly in city hospitals' outdoors.
"The child patients are increasing day by day in our hospitals outdoors. Many are admitted also with severe health problems," said an official, preferring anonymity from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Besides, in Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, Shishu Hospital and other health care centers also witnessed increased numbers of child patients suffering from different diseases.
"There were on average 100 to 150 patients from 8:00am to 2:00pm, a month ago in outdoor. But nowadays, the number increased to 250 to 300 during the same period," said an official on condition of not to be named.
He said after 2:00pm the outdoor health services used to be closed, but the emergency health care services remain open.
There are on average 500 children every day for medical services for outdoor and emergency services in this hospital in recent time, he added.   
In private chambers, the pressures of children also increased in recent days.
In Gandaria, Pediatric specialist Professor Dr. Reaz Mobarak's private chamber found huge gatherings of child patients and their parents from 6:00pm to late night. The doctor found huge rush of child patients.
Officials from private and public hospitals said that most the children are from zero to five years old coming for medical treatment.
When contacted, Dr. Mukhlesuzzaman Hero, former Deputy Director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) told The New Nation on Friday, "Children sickness are on rise due to changing weather as the season is also converting from the winter to the summer."
In the early morning and late night, weather is now cold like the winter season after the day long hot and warm environment which made the children sick, he added.
The doctor said also that increasing air pollution also is a reason of children's sickness.
Dr. Hero said also that the parents have to taken extra care of their babies due to the infections of the covid-19 in particular.
The doctor advised all parents to be careful about children, especially during the season changing moments.
Besides, Dr. Rezwanul Hasan, Residential Physician of Dhaka Shishu Hospital said, most of the children are now coming in hospitals are infected from flue, respiratory problem, asthma, diarrhea and fevers.
He also asked guardians to be carefull about their kids to avoid emergency circumstances.

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