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Diarrhoea, pneumonia spread among children in Nilphamari

  • Published at 10:03 pm September 15th, 2019
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Patients and their relatives  vented their frustration as the hospital lacks facilities including adequate beds, doctors and nurses

Diarrhoea and pneumonia patients are daily increasing in the Nilphamari district due to weather change.

A large number of patients, including children and elderly persons was admitted to the Nilphamari Sadar Modern hospital.

According to the hospital authority, 140 children and 100 elderly affected with diarrhoea and pneumonia took treatment from the Sadar hospital in the last week.

Mitu Akhtar, nurse of the Diarrhoea ward at the hospital said: ''Children inflicted with various diseases due to the weather change are coming daily to get treatment from the hospital.  However, the number of children affected with diarrhoea and pneumonia is comparatively high.''

Children become vulnerable to diarrhoea as they are failing to cope with the weather change. Parents have to be careful . Besides, elderly persons affected with diarrhoea and bronchitis are taking treatment at the hospital, said Dr. Enamul Haque, paediatrician at the Nilphamari Sadar modern hospital. 

Patients and their relatives  vented their frustration as the hospital lacks facilities including adequate beds, doctors and nurses .

25 year old Azharul Islam who is undergoing treatment for diarrhoea said he was given a seat on the floor as there was no empty bed. 

Sapla Begum, who admitted her two-year-old daughter to the hospital for diarrhoea treatment complained  that the bathrooms of the hospital are not suitable for use.

12 year old Muttakim who is currently undergoing treatment at the Diarrhoea ward said doctor just visited him once in a day. We need to visit doctors at the emergency if we needed them.

MD Abu Shafi Mahmud, Residential Medical Officer(RMO) of the Nilphamari Sadar Modern Hospital said: ''The beds crisis is going on in the whole hospital, not only in the Diarrhoea ward. We have a total of 50 beds, but we are currently treating over 100 patients. The bed crisis will be solved as soon as the new building of 250 beds, beside the hospital, is completed.'' 

When contacted, Dr Ranjit Kumar Barman, Civil Surgeon in Nilphamari, said: ''We are trying our level best to treat the patients. But, we are facing problems as the numbers of beds , doctors and nurses are less in proportion to the patients.''