Docs sound alert on seasonal ailments

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People line up at Nature Cure Hospital for Covid-19 test. Photo - Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: The change in weather conditions during the ongoing monsoons has the potential to trigger seasonal water and vector-borne ailments, a clear warning sign for the general public, who are already dealing with an unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak. With monsoon becoming active across the Hyderabad, public health officials have urged the general public to be doubly cautious of vector-borne ailments including Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, and most common bacterial infections like typhoid and viral fevers.

“Yes, this is a tough time for all of us because changing weather conditions will trigger seasonal ailments. Till last week, we were receiving anywhere between 200 and 250 patients with viral fevers but we should not be surprised if that number rises in the coming days. The only way to keep seasonal ailments at bay is to take precautions at an individual level,” says Superintendent of Fever Hospital, Dr Shankar.

People with fever symptoms must remember that outpatient wings at Gandhi Hospital are not catering to non-Covid patients. Instead of rushing there, patients with fevers and other seasonal ailments have the option to visit their nearest primary health centres, Basthi Dawakhanas, outpatient wings of Osmania General Hospital and Fever Hospital.

Every year, a large number of patients with fever symptoms also tend to visit their nearest nursing homes and clinics. However, due to Covid-19 outbreak in
Hyderabad, public health officials are anticipating a jump in patients visiting government hospitals and also a rise in the number of rapid antigen tests for Covid-19 status.

The symptoms for viral fevers, swine flu and Covid-19 are virtually the same. Due to the changing weather conditions, a rise in seasonal ailments and rush at government hospitals is expected, senior doctors said.

Typhoid and Cholera

Drink boiled water, avoid drinking contaminated water and maintain proper hand hygiene and sanitation. Avoid consuming roadside food which could be contaminated.

Gastro

Stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet which includes curd and fruits like banana and apple. Avoid eating raw food like salads because it is difficult to ascertain whether they have been washed, cleaned and stored at the right temperature.

Dengue and Malaria

Mosquito nets and other measures to avoid mosquito bites, breeding control measures and observing at least one day in the week as dry day, which means checking mosquito breeding places in the house like coolers, flower pots, bath tubs, unused tyres where water might get stagnated.


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