Narail Sadar Hospital struggles to cope with pneumonia and other cold related disease affected children as the number of such patients marks rise amid the persistent cold wave sweeping the region. The photo was taken on Monday. PHOTO: STAR
Children are increasingly getting attacked by cold-related diseases as a cold spell has been sweeping across the three upazilas of the district for over a week.
Kids at the health centres were found suffering from pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis or from diarrhoea, which gets active in winter.
A boy died of pneumonia at Narail Sadar Hospital on Saturday while a large number of children were admitted to the pediatric ward at the Hospital.
While visiting the children's ward at the hospital on Monday, this correspondent found 40 pneumonia affected children admitted there although it had only 20 beds. The hospital was treating two affected children in each bed. Their mothers were seen sitting or sleeping in turns or standing all the night at or around the ward.
Dr. Moshiar Rahman, Resident Medical Officer, said that in the last seven days, about 150 children attacked with pneumonia and other cold-related diseases were admitted to the ward.
As per hospital record, an additional 213 were treated at the hospital outdoor and many children were transferred to Jessore and Khulna medical college hospitals during the period.
Sharmin Sultana took her four month-old kid to paediatric ward at Narail Sadar Hospital as the baby had been suffering from serious breathing difficulties.
Ratna Biswas, 27, mother of a pneumonia affected child, told this correspondent on Monday that she could sleep for only an hour the previous night as she had to leave the bed for others to take rest in turn.
Dr. Anita Saha, Paediatric Consultant, said children affected with pneumonia and other cold-related diseases need special care with adequate air, clean bed and controlled temperature. However, the overcrowded children's ward can hardly provide such facilities, she lamented.
In spite of all we are trying our best to treat the patients, she said.