Thursday, August 18, 2022

Rains trigger seasonal diseases, hospitals in Hyderabad log 30 per cent spike in cases

Hospital authorities are anticipating a surge in patients as the monsoon continues to progress. At the Hyderabad district hospital in King Koti, doctors said there was a rise in seasonal cases by 20 per cent to 30 per cent at the outpatient ward on Wednesday and Thursday.

HYDERABAD: Incessant rains have led to an outbreak of seasonal diseases, with government-run hospitals and health centres reporting a spike in cases of common cold, diarrhoea, typhoid and other vector-borne diseases over the past two days, a report in the Deccan Chronicle, says.

Hospital authorities anticipate a surge in patients as the monsoon continues to progress. 

At the Hyderabad district hospital in King Koti, doctors said there was a rise in seasonal cases by 20 per cent to 30 per cent at the outpatient ward on Wednesday and Thursday.

Dr Trishool Reddy said, “Most of the cases are of viral diseases, common flu, viral infections, diarrhoea, typhoid, water-borne diseases.”Dr Chandrashekhar Rao, deputy resident medical officer (RMO) at Fever Hospital, Nallakunta, said, “This is a season for the viral diseases, it happens every year. A sizable number of cases have gone up at OP at this hospital.” 

Recommending safe practices, he said, “People should observe healthy practices to avoid falling sick — drink water which is boiled, mosquito repellents should be used, make sure only fresh home prepared food is taken, constantly wash hands and maintain hygiene. If symptoms of fever and joint pains persist, consult a qualified medical practitioner and strictly avoid self-medication.”

The Upper Primary Center in Dhood Khana has also logged a spike in the number of patients. The centre’s lab technician, A. Tirupati, said, “Physicians prescribe blood tests for suspected typhoid or malaria cases. Over the past two days, around 50 samples each were collected, against a collection of 20 samples per day in other seasons.

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