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Diseases rising with cold spell: 4 patients visiting hospitals every minute

  • Published at 11:51 pm January 6th, 2020
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A homeless family suffers due to cold weather in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

51 deaths were reported across the country between November 1 and January 4 due to cold related diseases

Despite slightly higher temperatures, the number of patients affected with winter related diseases is on the rise across Bangladesh.

Around four people (3.83) every minute visited their nearest hospitals seeking treatment for winter related diseases on Monday.

The Health Emergency Operations Centre and Control Room at Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said that as many as 5,527 people were affected by various cold related illnesses in the last 24 hours across the country.

Of them, 777 received treatment for acute respiratory infection.

Another 1,926 were treated for diarrhoea, and 2,824 for other diseases, including jaundice, inflammation in the eye, skin diseases, and fever. 

51 deaths were reported across the country between November 1 and January 4 due to cold related diseases.

327,010 patients have been hospitalized between November 1 and January 5, due to cold related illnesses, informed DGHS.

In the aforementioned time frame, 129,183 were treated for diarrhoea, 52,167 were treated for respiratory infections, and 145,660 patients were treated for other winter diseases.

Contacted, DGHS Assistant Director Ayesha Akhter said: "People should avoid going out of their houses except on emergencies. 

"All should wear masks to protect themselves from air pollution since a large number of people who are currently undergoing treatment at different hospitals across the country are suffering respiratory complications." 

Salma Akter, mother of one year old Saif under treatment at Dhaka's Bangladesh Shishu Hospital, said her son has been suffering from diarrhoea for the last three days.

 "I came here with my son and the doctors immediately admitted him on an emergency basis."

Seven year old Afreen is undergoing treatment at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital with acute respiratory infection.

Talking to this reporter, Sabia Khatun, grandmother of Afreen, said the doctors have assured them that their granddaughter suffering from respiratory complications, will very soon be released.

Dr Miraj Uddin Khondoker, duty doctor of Bangladesh Shishu Hospital's emergency department, says all beds of his department are occupied by patients suffering from cold related diseases.

"The influx of patients suffering from winter diseases will continue throughout the winter season," he said.

Miraj also urged people to be more aware about cold related illnesses so that they do not fall prey to them.

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