Diarrhoea spreads alarmingly in Barishal
BARISHAL, June 19: Diarrhoea is spreading alarmingly in the district.
During the last few days, more than hundred people were admitted to local hospitals.
Barishal General Hospital sources said, during the last five months, 3,500 people were admitted here with diarrhoea infection. In 2018, 4,100 patients were admitted here.
Many others were also treated at home or left hospital after getting treatment for rapid dehydration, sources said.
Barishal General Hospital is one of the biggest diarrhoea treatment centres in southern region where the number of patients was five times than normal time in the last 30 days.
After visiting the hospital, it was found that patients were receiving treatment on veranda outside the ward at the hospital.
Though the hospital has 100 beds, only four have been preserved for diarrhoea patients. But, about 50-55 diarrhoea patients are being treated here every day, said Dr Delwar Hossain, resident medical officer (in-charge) of the hospital.
The spread of diarrhoea in summer season is not unusual. It has not crossed danger level yet, he added.
Senior staff nurses of the diarrhoea ward here said more than 50 diarrhoea patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours, and the number of patients is increasing every day.
Patients from Barguna and Bhola districts were also referred to this hospital for better treatment.
However, most of the patients said they are victims of food poisoning and shortage of pure drinking water supply during this extreme heat.
Dr Monowar Hossen, civil surgeon (CS), said normally 20 to 30 patients receive diarrhoea treatment at nine health complexes and one general hospital, but in the last three days, the number of diarrhoea patients reached 209, and it was three times more than the normal time.
The CS claimed there is no shortage of saline and medicine at the hospital.
He said diarrhoea is affecting mainly for lack of pure drinking water and food poisoning. Most of the patients are children, but number of female and old aged patients is also increasing.
Dr Mizanur Rahman, former RMO of Barisal General Hospital and a community medicine expert, also opined that summer heat weather helps the bacteria replicate faster, leading to increased number of affected patients.