Monday, December 11, 2023

Diseases strike Jamshedpur as mercury rises

Jamshedpur : The hot and scorching summer in the city has not only made life difficult but has also increased the woes of the people. Several cases of serious diseases, such as dehydration, gastroenteritis, jaundice and viral fever are being reported in the city with nursing homes and hospitals witnessing spurt in admissions.

According to information, with temperature shooting up many people have been attacked with cough-cold, seasonal flu dehydration, gastroenteritis and jaundice.

The city is experiencing its hottest April this season. Jamshedpur, the forecast for the next two days is mainly clear skies and a temperature of more than 42 degrees Celsius.

�The month of April is unbearably hot. Though it is difficult to predict day-to-day temperatures but May will be definitely very hot,� said an official of Met office, Sonari.

Sources at nursing homes like Steel City Nursing Home, Rajasthan Seva Sadan and Life Line Nursing Home informed that they were treating at least six cases of flue and dehydration on daily basis.

�We are receiving about five to six cases of a daily basis this summer. The numbers have shot up this time. On Wednesday too, several cases were admitted. While food poisoning is not all that serious, but doctors always ask for prevention. The rainy season has also played spoiled sport. Every time during this season cases like these witness rise,� said an official of Rajasthan Seva Sadan.

Meanwhile doctors in the city are urging people to spend minimum time under the sun and to use sun-protection when they move out.

Dr U K Srivastava, general practitioner, said that the rush at his chamber has increased from last few days. He was regularly examining patients, especially children, complaining of dehydration. People are witnessing similar complains with the season changing.

�Viral fever was already on the rise due to the sudden climatic changes. Climate changes often trigger off viral infections. Moreover since Jamshedpur�s humid conditions help the viruses thrive all through the year the situation always become fatal during this time of the year,� said Srivastava.

A city-based dermatologist informed that people are also complaining with burnt skin and rashes in the body due rising mercury. �I am of the opinion that people should avoid direct sunlight on their skin.

It is equally important to wear a cap or gloves while riding or traveling. People should avoid eating food from outside and also dress according to the climate,� he noted.

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