Many people across the country are now suffering from cold-related diseases like fever, cold and cough. Doctors said it could be a symptom of a cold, but also a symptom of Covid-19.
So, they said patients should not just take medicine for cold without the advice of a doctor, at the same time coronavirus sample should be tested. Otherwise, the risk of infection remains high.
Cold-related diseases are on the rise across the country, including the capital. People of all ages are suffering from fever, cold and cough in many homes. Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during the winter months. The disease lasts for seven to 10 days.
Preventive medicine expert Dr Lelin Chowdhury told Bangladesh Post, “Despite the increase in coronary heart disease, there is less awareness among the general people. We are advising the patients to get the the sample tested as the symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of cold. At the same time the patients have been advised not to take any medicine without doctor’s advice.”
Director of the Dhaka Shishu Hospital Prof Syed Safi Ahmed told the media, “If the severity of winter increases, respiratory problems increase. This problem is exacerbated by fog and dust. About 30-40 percent of those who come to our outpatient department for treatment have cold. Among them, there are patients with pneumonia, common cold, cough, bronchitis and diarrhoea.”
The number of cold-hit patients is increasing in Naogaon with the fall of mercury. The number of patients suffering from diarrhoea and pneumonia has also increased in Sadar Hospital.
There are 58 patients in the 10-bed children’s ward and 245 patients in other departments with various cold-related diseases. Many patients are being treated on the floor as all beds are occupied. The authorities are struggling to cope with the sudden increase in the number of patients.
The number of patients in the Upazila Health Complex is increasing due to the increase in the incidence of cold-related diseases in Sirajganj.
Upazila Health Officer Md Amimul Ehsan Touhid said that the pressure of fever, cold and cough patients has increased in the last few days in the health complex. However, he claimed that necessary medical facilities are adequate.
Outbreak of various diseases including pneumonia, cold, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, fever and cold have increased in Rangpur due to the chilly weather. Most of the victims are children. In the first seven days of January, 11 children have died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital due to cold-related diseases. All of them are aged between one month and one year.
Habiganj has been experiencing severe cold for the last few days. In this condition, cold-related diseases have increased drastically. At least five children have died of these diseases during the last two weeks.
Sadar Modern Hospital pediatrician Md Ashraf Uddin said, like every year, this year too it has been very cold. As a result, cold-related diseases have also appeared. We are facing trouble to give treatment to a increasing number of patients.
The incidence of various cold-related diseases is increasing in Sunamganj. People of different ages including women and children are being admitted to the district's Sadar Hospital every day. With the onset of winter, children from different upazilas are being admitted to the hospital who are suffering from fever, cold, asthma and pneumonia.