POST TIME: 16 January, 2019 10:24:46 AM
Many children down with cold-related diseases
Staff Reporter, Barishal

Many children down with cold-related diseases

Guardians, parents of children wait in a queue at the out door of the Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital to get admission or check up as cold-related diseases rise in the area. The photo was taken on Monday. Indpendent photo

Many children down with cold-related diseases and treated at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) died in the last one month. Hospital director Dr Baqir Hossain said the situation had worsened with 110 more deaths at the paediatric ward of SBMCH in December 2018.

“About one-third of the children admitted to the hospital have been suffering from cold-related diseases. They come from upazila-level hospitals and many clinics of different city and towns,” said Dr Hossain.

“In Barishal division, there’s no hospital for children. We demand a children’s hospital without delay,” said Jibon Krishna Dey, president of ‘Khelaghar’, a children organisation.

Dr Faizul Haque Ponir, resident doctor at the paediatric ward, said seven infants suffering from cold-related diseases, such as pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis, died on Sunday. “Most of the patients are admitted to the hospital with severe breathing difficulties at the last moment and die around this time of the year every year,” he noted.

“Around 2,000 infants have received treatment from the OPD. In total, 110 patients are admitted every day to the paediatric ward, even though the ward has only 48 beds,” he added.

Rokeya Begum, who was waiting in the queue at the OPD for two hours with her six-month-old baby, said her son had been suffering from cold related diseases since last Saturday.

Another six-month-old baby boy was brought from Bakerganj Upazila Health Complex to the SBMCH. “My baby has been suffering from severe breathing complications,” said Nilufar Begum, the patient's mother.

Hosneara from Baufal of Patuakhali district said she had taken her two-year-old daughter to SBMCH on Friday as the kid was having serious breathing complications. “My baby was first admitted to the local upazila health complex. But she was later shifted to the hospital here as her condition deteriorated,” she added.