PICTURE TELLS THE TALE: Quite a few child patients are kept on the veranda of Pirojpur Sadar Hospital as its Children's Ward fails to accommodate the increasing number of treatment seekers, amid the ongoing hot spell. The photo was taken on Tuesday noon. PHOTO: STAR
Amid the ongoing heat wave, the number of child patients sees increase at Pirojpur Sadar Hospital during the last one week.
Due to the situation, each bed meant for a single child now has to accommodate two patients while several others, mostly less than five years old, are kept on the floor in the veranda.
“My child is suffering from fever for the last ten days. I admitted him here on Saturday,” Mayna Begum, mother of three-year-old Raytul Islam Siam, told this correspondent during his visit to the hospital Tuesday noon.
She had come from Kumarkhali village under Pirojpur Sadar upazila.
Three-month-old Sabin was sharing the same bed.
His mother Sadia Akter Moni of Jhatokathi village under the same upazila admitted him to the hospital on Monday as he was suffering from cold and fever for days.
Ten-month-old Tisha was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and typhoid.
There are 20 beds for child patients but 41 children were found admitted there around 12:30pm Tuesday.
The number of patients has continued to increase for a week, said Shampa Rani, a senior nurse of the hospital.
The number of outdoor patients is also on the rise.
From morning till 12:30pm Tuesday, 240 patients came to take treatment at the hospital outdoor.
“Different diseases including acute respiratory infection see increase during change of weather and children become the worst sufferers. Those who do manual labour in the sun also get various diseases,” said Dr Sankar Kumar Gosh, resident medical officer of Pirojpur Sadar Hospital.
"There is enough supply of medicine at the hospital and the patients are getting proper treatment here," he said.
Pirojpur civil surgeon's office could not give any picture about the increase in the number of patients in the district.