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Children are especially affected by heat waves

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Two mothers put on oxygen masks for their babies at Dhaka Shishu Hospital as the ongoing heat wave affects infants and children, causing pneumonia, asthma, breathing difficulties, cough, fever and diarrhea. The photo was taken on Sunday. | Two mothers put on oxygen masks for their babies at Dhaka Shishu Hospital as the ongoing heat wave affects infants and children, causing pneumonia, asthma, breathing difficulties, cough, fever and diarrhea. The photo was taken on Sunday.

Children are among the worst affected by the ongoing heatwave as hospitalizations of children with pneumonia, asthma, breathing difficulties and fever increase in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.

Visiting several hospitals, many parents waited outside to consult doctors or admit their children who were suffering from fever and convulsions, cough, pneumonia, diarrhea and respiratory complications.

Kulsum Begum, a housewife from South Keraniganj in Dhaka, was found along with her 15-month-old baby at the capital’s Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Institute.

‘I came here because my daughter had a fever and diarrhea. If the doctor advises us to admit it, we will decide after consulting her father,” said Kulsum, whose husband is a garment worker.

Sheikh Rokon, a shopkeeper in Dhaka Udyan, admitted his 14-month-old baby to hospital on Wednesday.

‘My son has a cough and is still recovering. In such hot weather, he sweated and dried himself by coughing repeatedly,” he added.

According to DSH data, a total of 1,869 children visited the hospital between April 10 and 20, and 143 of them were admitted.

Of these, 451 children were pneumonia patients, 1,251 had a cold and 167 had asthma.

‘Every summer season we are confronted with pressure from patients in our hospital. This year is no exception. Most children are admitted to our hospital with pneumonia and flu, where the number of patients with diarrhea is relatively lower,” Professor Jahangir Alam, director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital, told New Age.

He explained that children are more vulnerable to heat than adults because of their low resistance.

“Many children suffer from pneumonia during hot weather,” says Jahangir.

All government and non-government schools, colleges, madrassas and technical educational institutions under the ministries of basic and mass education have been declared closed for seven days from Sunday due to the ongoing heat wave.

DSH director Jahangir urged the children not to play outside in the scorching sun during the heat wave.

‘The warm weather lasts from morning to evening. In this situation, they should rest and drink at home,” he added.

Since April 11, people have been suffering from a heat wave in most places in the country.

In some places the problem became serious.

Chuadanga recorded the highest temperature this year at 42.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday, according to data from the Bangladesh Metrological Department.

After holding discussions with directors of various hospitals and civil surgeons of districts, Health and Family Welfare Minister Samanta Lal Sen told the media on Sunday that he had instructed everyone to be prepared for adverse conditions amid severe heat wave.

Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital Medical Department Assistant Registrar Md Mizanur Rahman also claimed that they were seeing more children than elderly patients amid the ongoing heat wave.

Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital said they were receiving patients suffering from the ill effects of hot weather, but had not yet received anyone suffering from heatstroke or heat exhaustion.

According to doctors, heat waves sometimes cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion, kidney disease, typhoid, premature birth and liver problems.

DMCH director Titu Miah said people suffer from heat exhaustion after losing a huge amount of fluid and electrolytes from their body through sweating.

“When heat exhaustion becomes severe, body temperature rises from 107 degrees Celsius to 109 degrees Celsius, affecting the kidneys and liver, rendering people unconscious,” he said.

He urged people not to go out unnecessarily and to drink more water and juice, avoid colorful dresses, wear full-sleeved shirts and use umbrellas.

The DMCH director also urged daily wage workers, farmers and rickshaw pullers to take a break from work and take oral saline solution.

‘If someone is infected with heat stroke or heat exhaustion, he or she should be admitted to hospital as soon as possible. Delay could lead to a huge loss,” he added.

He also urged factory workers not to work continuously and to take a break of at least 15 to 20 minutes after two hours of work.

Directorate General of Health Services Additional Director General Ahmedul Kabir, also a medicine expert, said they had already recommended to the government to close schools and colleges to save children from the adverse effects of hot weather as children are more vulnerable in such situations . .

“We have given all guidelines to the hospital authorities to treat patients with food poisoning, diarrhea, kidney and liver diseases and many more in hot weather,” he said, urging people to wear white clothes, stay out of the sun stay and take a break from work.

The government hospitals in the districts are facing a surge in patients, most of whom are suffering from diarrhea, the New Age staff correspondent in Rajshahi reported.

Brigadier General FM Shamim Ahammad, director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, told New Age that a total of 2,763 patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital on Saturday, against 1,200 beds.

He said the daily number of patients in the hospital had increased to almost 1,000 due to the heat wave and they were planning to open a full-fledged heat wave corner in the hospital with specialized doctors.