Diarrhoea cases fall slightly

Mohammad Al Amin

30 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Although rush of diarrhea patients fell down slightly in last few days, but number of diarrhoea-infected patients in hospitals across the country, including the capital, is more than that of normal time.

“Rush of diarrhoea patients decreased slightly in last few days, but number of diarrhoea patients is still more than that of normal time,” Azharul Islam, head of hospital and chief scientist of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), told the daily sun on Monday.

According to sources at different hospitals, diarrhoea took a serious turn in the capital and other parts of the country amid sweltering heat since the first week of April as around 1,000 people with diarrhoeal disease were admitted to hospitals every day.

Diarrhoea-infected patients were crowding hospitals, especially icddr,b, in the capital, sources said.

As per health experts, intake of contaminated water and unhygienic food is the major reason for outbreak of the water-borne disease.

Around 22,563 diarrhoea-infected patients were admitted in the month of April in hospitals across the country, according to a report by the Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

However, no death report was available in the diarrhoeal disease in hospitals till Monday, the report said.

“Number of diarrhoea patients decreased this week, but it is still more than that of normal time across the country this summer,” Dr Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, duty officer at the Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room, told the daily sun.

Mentioning that people are infected in diarrhoeal disease due to intake of unhygienic food and contaminated water, he said, “Diarrhoea patients usually increase during heat wave.”

According to an official of icddr,b diarrhoea cases increased suddenly in

April due to intake of contaminated water, unhygienic food while around 900 diarrhoea patients were admitted to the hospital every day till last week.

In 2007, icddr,b hospital provided treatment to around 40,000-45,000 diarrhoea patients, Azharul Islam of the hospital said.

As per sources, icddr,b has overflowed with  diarrhoea patients.

According to icddr,b, 627 diarrhoea patients were admitted on April 1, 625 on April 2, 724 on April 3, 871 on April 4, 844 on April 5, 750 on April 6, 743 on April 7, 772 on April 8, 778 on April 9, 848 on April 10, 809 on April 11, 844 on April 12, 803 on April 13, 795 on April 14, 918 on April 15, 923 on April 16, 864 on April 17, 853 on April 18, 867 on April 19, 872 on April 20, 768 on April 21, 889 on April 22, 860 on April 23, 849 on April 24, 786 on April 25, 752 on April 26, 748 on April 27 and 692 on April 28.

During a visit to icddr,b, this correspondent saw that doctors were struggling to tackle the situation while flow of patients was increasing, beds of diarrhoea patients overflowed and many patients spread to the hospital lobby, study area and corridors.

During first half of April, icddr,b provided treatment to 11,751 diarrhoea patients. On April 16, a record number of 923 diarrhoea patients were admitted to the  international hospital.

Azharul Islam of icddr,b advised people to drink safe water and maintain hygiene in a bid to remain safe from diarrhea. He also asked people to immediately consult doctors in case of emergency.

He also advised people to use only safe water and keep oral dehydration saline to provide handy relief to diarrhoea patients.

The icddr,b scientist further advised people to strictly avoid stale and uncovered foods and drinks.

Sweltering hot weather has been prevailing across the country since the beginning of Baishakh. Normal life has been hampered as intensity of heat increased across the country.

“During ongoing heat wave, many children have been affected by diarrhoea, viral fever and chicken pox and most of them are taking treatment at the Out Patient Department (OPD) of Dhaka Shishu Hospital every day.”

Around 50 percent of patients affected by chicken pox are coming to the hospital from March,” Syed Shafi Ahmed Muaz, the director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, told the daily sun.