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Number of seasonal disease patients decreases in Barishal hospitals

Fearing Covid-19
Murad Ahmed, Barishal
Number of seasonal disease  patients decreases in Barishal hospitals

The number of patients with the seasonal diseases has decreased at Barishal hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic period, some physicians observed.

The physicians said there are decreasing numbers of other patients showing up at the hospitals as these patients believe they could be infected with coronavirus if they visit hospitals.

According to the sources, every year from April to June a large number of patients admitted to Barishal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) with some common seasonal illnesses like-- viral fever, diarrhea, asthma, pneumonia, respiratory problem, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, skin diseases.

The 1,000-bed Barishal SBMCH and 100-bed General Hospital of the city remained overcrowded during the time. But this year the scenario is different.

Only 20 to 25 per cent patients with these symptoms attended in the hospitals, including SBMCH.

According to the patients’ record in Barishal SBMCH, total 38, 416 patients affected with seasonal illnesses admitted here from April 1 to June 30 in 2019. Most of them were children and elderly people. Of the total admitted patients 1,300 died that time. But only 14, 415 patients were admitted to the same hospital during April to June this year and among them 918 died. The hospital record said over 24 thousand patients have not visited SBMCH during the period. This reporter visited Barishal General Hospital of the city on June 5 has found the same situation. This hospital is the only treatment point of diarrhoea that spread in the region from April to June.

Dr Delwar Hossain, resident medical officer (RMO) of the General Hospital, said spreading of diarrhoea in summer season is not unexpected or unusual in Barishal region. He said mainly lack of pure drinking water and food poisoning under extreme summer heat are causing diarrhoea here. Most of the patients are children and elderly people. Based on the hospital record, the RMO said over 150 people with the symptom of seasonal aliments admitted here per day last year during April to June. But this year 80 per cent patient decreased.

Dr Sourab Sutar, medical officer of outdoor of Barishal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital, and Dr Sudip Haldar, president of indoor doctors association, said most of the patients are avoiding the hospitals due to coronavirus fears. The patients think they could be infected if they visit the government hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic period.  

Dr Muhammed Bakir Hossen, director of Barishal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital, said about 1,900 to 2,300 patients were attended every day here but now the number is only 500. He said they are ready to provide treatment to all patients. Dr Syed Habibur Rahman, president of Barishal Swastha Seba Committee, said it is not good news as these patients might visit quack doctors in villages. It would be most vulnerable in health sectors.

NS

 

 

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