Diarrhoeal patients on rise in city
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The number of diarrhoeal patients, mostly children, is on the rise in the city due to the sweeping mild heat wave and short supply of pure water, reports UNB A total of 408 people visited International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh ICDDR,B with complaints of stomach upset Friday till 5pm.

"The number might go up to 560 by midnight," Dr Shahdat Hossain, head of the longer stay unit of ICDDR,B, told UNB Friday. He said some 556 people with the same complaint visited the ICDDR,B in 24 hours till Thursday midnight, while the same number of patients visited it Wednesday.

According to him, the number of diarrhoeal patients, particularly the children, is increasing day by day and he attributed it to the sweeping mild heat wave and short supply of pure water.

WASA cannot provide enough water due to frequent power outages. He said every year, particularly during this period, the number of diarrhoeal patients rises with children from the poverty-stricken families being the worst victims.

"During this period, people suffer from dehydration due to rise in temperature when some bacteria contribute to quicker outbreak of the waterborne disease," he said add.

Dr Shahdat said the number of diarrhoeal patients in the capital has been on the rise since April 5, but the situation is still normal. He, however, gave some health tips to stay fit.

Those include having enough pure water, washing hand before taking food and after using washroom, keeping foods under cover and giving fresh boiled water to kids and feeding them hygienic food.

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