Increase in cases of viral fever in Lamjung

LAMJUNG: There has been an increase in the number of visiting patients suffering from viral fever in the District Community Hospital, Lamjung. Typhoid, pneumonia, diarrhoea and dysentery are among the most reported cases in the hospital.

Most of the patients admitted in the hospital for various illnesses are also suffering from viral fever, informed Dr Sulochan Panta, medical officer at the district hospital.

The 60-bed health facility is forced to treat patients on the floor even after adding 10 more beds due to a surge in the number of patients. Those suffering from sudden high fever are being admitted in emergency ward of the hospital in increasing number, said health officers.

According to the hospital chief, Hemanta Shrestha, 380 to 400 patients are regularly visiting the hospital for health check-up. Patients having minor symptoms are sent back home after prescribing medicines due to lack of hospital beds.

Increased cases of typhoid, diarrhoea and dysentery are seen due to lack of cleanliness and hygiene, eating food without washing hands, eating contaminated food, and drinking contaminated water, added Dr Panta.

Similarly, increased cases of viral fever are seen in most health facilities in the district.