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Viral fever, diarrhoea cases peak in Dhaka hospitals
Md Habibulla, Dhaka

Viral fever, diarrhoea cases peak in Dhaka hospitals

City hospitals have been reporting an increase in cases of viral fever and diarrhoea due to weather change over the past few weeks. Among the patients, children were the most vulnerable to viral infections during the transition period. Doctors said children were particularly prone to weather change as a little fluctuation in temperature can cause several problems in their system leading to fever, cough, dehydration and diarrhoea.

Maksudur Rahman, associate professor of neonatology department at Dhaka Shishu Hospital, told The Independent that the hospital was receiving more patients affected by viral fever, cold and coughs due to the changing weather in the past few weeks.

“Children below five years are very sensitive to this hot and humid weather. Not only children, many adults are also suffering from viral fever due to the change of season,” Rahman said.

Jerin Akhter, who hails from Savar, has come to Dhaka for the treatment of her one-year-old daughter, Afia. “My daughter has been suffering from high fever for the past five days. My husband admitted her to Dhaka Shishu Hospital yesterday as her condition deteriorated,” she said.

Khadiza Khanom, mother of another patient Raihan, 3, said her son suddenly fell ill a couple of days ago. “His body had become very warm. A day later, we brought him to the hospital for a proper diagnosis,” she added.

According to doctors, the mothers should take extra care of their children in summer, giving them plenty of water, lemonade and green coconut water to maintain the balance of body fluid and avoid dehydration.

Besides children, adults too have been suffering from the seasonal viral fever.

“We always get adult patients suffering from fever. As the weather has changed, the number of such patients has increased,” said Afroza Alam, associate professor of internal medicine department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

She said, “In case of viral fever, we are administering Paracetamol and advising patients to have complete bed rest, liquid diet and drink sufficient quantity of water. In some rare case, we also use another medicine with that.”

“I have been suffering from fever for two days now. Initially, I did not take it seriously, but now my body has become very weak,” Rubel Islam Rezo, who came to BSMMU on Thursday, told The Independent.

This highly contagious form of viral fever is making the patients feeble and weak with high temperature and continuous cough.  

Mohammad Robed Amin, associate professor of medicine department at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital

(DMCH), said, “Usually, a patient with viral fever suffers for three to seven days. During this time, the patient may suffer from high fever (102-103 degree Fahrenheit) with severe headache.”

He, however, advised patients not to take antibiotics at the early stage of viral fever without a doctor’s suggestion.

 On the other hand, diarrhoea-affected patients were also crowding city hospitals, particularly the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) at Mohakhali.

The hospital reported that on an average, 30 to 35 diarrhoea patients were admitted every hour in the last four days.

According to the ICDDRB notice board, around 573 patients were admitted to the hospital from 12 midnight till 4 pm yesterday. On Friday, the number of patients admitted was 844. The numbers were 809 and 848 on Thursday and Wednesday, respectively.

A visit to the hospital revealed that the doctors were struggling to tackle the surge in patients. With limited beds in the hospital, the authorities were setting up camps on the premises to accommodate the patients.

Hospital insiders informed that most of the patients were coming from various areas of the city, particularly from Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Jatrabari, Motijheel, Lalbagh, Tejgaon, Ramna and Uttara.

Rumman, a resident of Jatrabari, who brought his diarrhoea-affected father, Abdul Hannan, 65, to the hospital said, “I am very worried about my father as he has been very sick for the past two days. We do not have access to pure water in our area and this has led to my father falling ill.”

A patient from Mirpur, Abul Kalam, 25, said he was suffering for the past one day and admitted to the hospital yesterday.

Jannatul Ferdous, the on duty medical officer of ICDDRB, said people were suffering from diarrhoea due to the lack of clean drinking water, bad food habits and the weather change.

“Both adults and children are equally affected by diarrhoea. There is a need to make people aware about the importance of drinking safe water and eating clean food,” she said.


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