Hospitals fill up with pneumonia patients
Over 122 cases of pneumonia have been reported at a Vehari hospital .
MULTAN: Over 122 cases of pneumonia have been reported from the district hospital in Vehari in the past two days.
Doctors at the hospital have said that the hospital has experienced an unprecedented influx of pneumonia cases during the past two days and are struggling to cope with the numbers. Vehari Hospital Children’s wing in-charge Dr Muhammad Afzal said “It is astonishing. The patients keep pouring in and we don’t have enough beds in the wards to treat them.” Dr Afzal said that one of the major reasons behind the rising number of pneumonia cases was the lack of rain in the region.
A nurse at the hospital, Majida said that the dry cold had caused severe respiratory problems in the district. “Most of the patients have been from flood affected families. This is because they still don’t have enough warm clothes and blankets,” she said.
Hospital sources confirmed that 69 of the admitted children were less than five-years-old. “The situation is getting out of hand and we are trying to refer patients to other hospitals for treatment because we are currently exceeding our capacity,” Dr Afzal said, adding “all of the patients are seriously ill and require treatment but we don’t have enough medicines.”
Vehari hospital officials said that most of the patients were children but some of the pneumonia patients also included adults.
“We are hoping the situation improves because we don’t have the resources to cope with such large numbers but we are doing whatever we can,” said an attending physician at the hospital Dr Javed...
Published in The Express Tribune, December 23rd, 2010.
Owais Raza December 23, 2010