|Patients use blankets to keep warm while receiving treatment at the Bach Mai Hospital in Ha Noi. The strong cold snap that hit Ha Noi and northern provinces over the past few days pulled temperatures down to around 10 degrees Celsius. — VNA/ VNS Photo Dương Ngọc|
HÀ NỘI - At the corner of
The strong cold snap hitting Hà Nội and
As a result, the number of patients, especially the elderly and children, admitted to hospitals for winter diseases has surged. Many hospitals have experienced overcrowding.
Old patients mostly contract heart, bone-related and respiratory diseases. The number of old patients suffering from stroke has increased by 15 per cent since the cold snap began, Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper reported.
Associate Professor Trần Minh Điển, deputy director of
Waiting for his health check up at the
“I have been here for nearly two hours waiting for my health examination,” he said.
Professor Ngô Quý Châu, deputy director of
Cold weather not only overcrowds central-level hospitals but also crowds local hospitals in northern mountainous provinces including Lào Cai, Yên Bái, Cao Bằng and Lạng Sơn.
Hospitals have made preparation to accommodate patients and their relatives.
Hospital K, Hospital for Tropical Diseases and
The Emergency and Medical Checkup departments of hospitals provide meals at the patients’ rooms for heavily infected patients, those with disadvantaged conditions and those who do not have relatives.
Trần Thị Nhị Hà, deputy director of Hà Nội’s Health Department, said that the department has required hospitals to mobilise heating equipment and blankets for in-patients, ensure warmth for patients in waiting areas and pay attention to the elderly, newborns and children.
Medical treatment facilities must ensure medicine, beds and emergency equipment to respond to serious conditions caused by abnormal weather conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, influenza, acute respiratory diseases.
The Paediatrics Department of Lào Cai Obstetrics and
Parents should keep their children warm and provide them with nutritious meals to increase their resistance to disease. Children face a high risk of flu, diarrhea, measles, whooping cough and chicken pox during winter and spring. Parents are advised to ensure their children receive vaccines. - VNS