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17 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM

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Diarrhoea alarm rings loud in Barishal

Staff Reporter, Barishal

Cases of diarrhoea are rising alarmingly in Barishal for the last few days. Sources in Barishal General Hospital say that 3,500 persons have been admitted to the hospital with diarrhoea in the last five months.

The hospital authorities are taking preparations to tackle more patients in the near future.

Many others are being treated at home or left the hospital after getting treatment from rapid dehydration, health sources say. Barishal General Hospital (BGH), one of the biggest diarrhoea treatment centres in the southern region, has been treating diarrhoea patients five times the normal flow since last 30 days.

Even the corridors of this hospital are full of patients receiving diarrhoea treatment.

"We have only four beds reserved for diarrhoea patients. But we are now treating 50-55 such patients every day, especially since the last three days," said Dr Delwar Hossain, residential medical officer (RMO) in charge of BGH.

An outbreak of diarrhoea in summer is not unexpected or unusual. It is yet to cross the danger level, he also said.

"Patients from Barguna and Bhola districts are also being referred to this hospital for better treatment," he added.

More than 50 diarrhoea patients have been admitted to the hospital in the last 24 hours, said the senior staff nurse in charge of the diarrhoea ward at BGH.

However, most of the patients claimed that they were victims of food poisoning and shortage of pure drinking water in extreme summer heat.

District civil surgeon Dr Manowar Hossain said 20–30 patients usually received diarrhoea treatment in nine health complexes and one general hospital here. But the number of diarrhoea patients has increased spirally in the last few days, he added.

The civil surgeon claimed that there was no shortage of saline and medicine yet. "Most of the patients are children, but the numbers of female and elderly people are also increasing," he added.

Dr Mizanur Rahman, former RMO of Barishal General Hospital and a community medicine expert, said the hot weather was helping the diarrhoea bacteria replicate faster, leading to an outbreak of the disease among people.

 

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