RIMS, Ranchi, sees as many as 150 patients suffering from monsoon maladies every day
The wet bounty is spelling a business boom for doctors and medical stores with Ranchi residents across all age groups suffering from everything ranging from sniffles, sore throat and fungal infections to typhoid, dengue, malaria, gastro-enteritis and more.
Apart from private clinics, hundreds of patients from the capital and adjoining areas are seen waiting outside outpatient departments (OPDs) of Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Bariatu, and Sadar Hospital on Purulia Road, for check-ups.
At the RIMS OPD, open between 9am and 1pm, some 150 patients suffering exclusively from monsoon-related ailments come each day. General physician Sanjay Kumar Singh said he had seen cases of malaria, typhoid, gastro-enteritis, sore throat, diarrhoea, gastro-enteritis and so on in patients across all ages.
“Since the last one month, we get two or three cases of malaria and typhoid a day. Most patients, however, come to us with a sore throat and runny nose,” he said.
Rajak Mahto, a resident of Kanke, said he was suffering from malaria. “I have fever, shivering and headache for the past three days. Let’s see what the doctor says,” said Mahto.
According to Sadar Hospital authorities, on an average over 80 patients per day come for monsoon-related ailments to its OPD, open from 9am to 3pm.
“I am suffering from typhoid for the past 10 days. Initially, I ignored my discomfort, but today I came for a consultation as I have both high fever and sweating,” said Class XII student of St Paul’s School, Uttam Kumar. One Swamy Nayak of Chuna Bhatta area, older than Uttam, added he had fever and his eyes watered. “Pata nahi kya hua (Don’t know what happened). Don’t feel like getting up, feel weak,” Nayak said.
“Broadly speaking, respiratory viral infections, cold and fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and gastro-enteritis have increased this season,” general physician V.K. Singh of Sadar Hospital said.
Superintendent of Apollo hospitals P. D. Sinha said they had detected three cases of dengue. “We are getting two types of monsoon ailments. One is transmitted by mosquitoes, such as chikungunya and dengue. Others such as typhoid and diarrhoea fall under the gastro-enteritis umbrella,” he said.
Doctors unanimously gave safety tips to residents (see box) and asked Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) to dredge drains, remove water from accumulating in areas and spray larvicides.
RMC deputy administrator Shailendra Lal said they were regularly spraying bleaching powder on drains to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. “We are identifying waterlogged areas and will clean them,” he said.
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