HCM CITY — The number of children contracting respiratory and digestive diseases in HCM City has increased significantly in the last few weeks because of the hot weather conditions, doctors say.
|Many children arrive at the Children's Hospital No 1 in HCM City as hot weather brings an increase in respiratory and bowel problems. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Oai
Temperatures in HCM City are currently hovering between 35-36 degrees Celsius, according to the Hydrometeorology Station for the Southern Region.
Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy director of the Children's Hospital No.1, said that the hospital was receiving around 5,000-6,500 children for health check-ups every day.
Around 1,300-1,400 inpatients were being treated at the hospital, he said.
The hospital's gastroenterology department has nearly 140 in-patients, including 60 cases of diarrhea. More than 140 children are being treated by the respiratory diseases department, most of them suffering from pneumonia and bronchitis.
"Food becomes stale or tainted in hot weather, causing food poisoning. Children can often catch cold and dehydration in this weather," he said.
The HCM City Children's Hospital No.2 is also overloaded with children suffering from heat-related illnesses.
More than 14,000 children were diagnosed as having respiratory diseases in the first two weeks of this month, accounting for nearly half of the total patients, according to Trinh Huu Tung, head of the hospital's general planning department.
During the period, 326 children were hospitalised due to diarrhea and 56 others for other digestive disorders, he said.
In March, the hospital received nearly 60,000 children with respiratory problems, 5,900 children with digestive disorders and 4,400 with diarrhea.
The elderly are also affected by hot weather, and instances of high blood pressure, stroke and heart problems have risen in the last few weeks. Nearly 800 patients with these ailments are being treated at the People's Hospital 115 in HCM City, said Nguyen Ngoc Anh, deputy director of the hospital.
He said the hospital received an average of 30 cases with these problems every day.
The Gia Dinh People's Hospital said it has treated nearly 100 cases of stroke this month. — VNS