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Hot weather raises health risk for children of Bangladesh

Environment , Bangladesh - 10 May 2012

10 May  - Changes in weather patterns, burning sun, huge sweating, dehydration in the country are playing a crucial role in increasing high health risk among the children.

As the children are very weak and tender, a little change in season can cause several problems in their fragile health system causing cough, cold, fever, dehydration and diarrhea.

"Children are more sensitive to get sick in this hot and humid weather as they get dehydrated and germs multiply in their bodies effortlessly", said Professor Dr M R Khan, an eminent pediatrician expert in the country.

Some of the highest temperatures seen in the last decade and severe power cuts are putting pressure on water supplies, exacerbating the diarrhea situation.

More than 7,00 diarrheal patients a day are seeking help at Dhaka specialist hospital for diarrheal diseases (ICDDR, B): Its capacity is being pushed to the limit as it can only accommodate 350 patients at a time.

The city experiences outbreaks every year, but this one is looking particularly bad. According to the ICDDR, B, 19,000 patients were admitted in March 2011 compared with 7,890 in March 2010. In April 2011 some 23,000 were admitted compared with 13,932 in April 2010.

Over half of those needing treatment at the ICDDR, B are children.


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