People infected with the diseases are visiting upazila and district-level hospitals every day but face difficulties in receiving treatment as there is lack of facilities
As the mild-cold wave is now sweeping over the south-western part of the country including the district of Sathkira, an outbreak of various cold-related diseases has been seen over the last few days.
According to local sources, a large number of poor people, particularly the elderly, children and infants, have been attacked with cold-related diseases such as pneumonia, influenza, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhoea and respiratory problems due to change of weather.
People infected with the diseases are visiting upazila and district-level hospitals every day but face difficulties in receiving treatment as there is lack of facilities.
A total of 364 patients were admitted to the children's ward in the Satkhira Sadar Hospital, with a maximum number of them infected with winter diseases including diarrhoea.
Relatives of patients alleged that due to shortage of doctors and medicine patients are deprived of proper treatment.
“We are providing treatment to the affected children round the clock. But the number of patients is high at the hospital. To tackle the situation, we are giving primary treatment to some while giving necessary advice to others,” said Dr Shamsunnahar of the hospital.
Civil Surgeon Rafiqul Islam said, "The cold weather is responsible for such diseases but we have remained alert and are monitoring the situation regularly."
Guardians should be more cautious during winter to protect their children from the cold, he added.