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Hospitals see more patients as hot weather continues

Update: April, 26/2014 - 09:06

HCM CITY (VNS)— The number of patients hospitalised in HCM City has increased in the past two months due to prolonged hot weather.

People's Hospital 115 received 30-40 stroke patients per day in the past two months, whereas it received only 25 people per day in January and February.

About 40 per cent of the patients are from HCM City and the remaining come from neighbouring provinces.

In Cho Ray Hospital, more people were hospitalised for respiratory diseases. Dao Duy Khanh, head of the hospital's Health Examination Ward, said that the number of pneumonia and sore throat patients this month increased by 9 and 12 per cent respectively.

Khanh reminded people with runny noses and sneezing to wear masks to avoid spreading the disease.

Hot weather also increased the amount of elderly patients. Deputy director of Nguyen Trai Hospital Tran Phu Manh Sieu said that about 100 elderly patients had come to the hospital per day in the past month, double the rainy season figure. Most of the patients suffered from high blood pressure, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Paediatrics Hospital 1 and Paediatrics Hospital 2 were in the same situation. The two hospitals gave health checks to more than 13,000 children per day this month, whereas last month the number was only 10,000.

More than 50 per cent of the patients suffered from hot weather diseases such as dengue fever, respiratory disease, diarrhoea and chicken pox.

Tran Thi Loan, head of the Respiratory Ward of Paediatrics Hospital 2, blamed the increase on parents allowing their children to drink ice water and sleep in air-conditioned rooms.

Loan warned parents not to let their children go out while it was too sunny or eat food sold by street vendors, which might cause diarrhea. — VNS

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