More people hospitalize due to heat-related illness

As Ho Chi Minh City is being struck with hot temperature, the summer months can spell trouble for some older adults with respiratory and digestive ailments. As outdoor temperatures rise, so does the risk of landing in hospitals.

Tropical Disease Hospital in HCMC March 30 said that more and more people come to the hospital for treating chicken pox and diarrhea from January. In January alone, 356 patients were hospitalized for treating chicken pox.

The hospital received 452 cases in February and this figure was up to 525 in March respectively. The hospital also admitted 717 and 814 cases of diarrhea in January and March.

Children Hospitals also received patients suffering respiratory and digestive diseases. Doctors warned people not to neglect to these seasonal ailments because it will be able to cause deaths.

In addition to diarrhea, chicken pox, mumps, people also concern rabies in hot temperature. According to Pasteur Institute’s s statistics, from the beginning of the year, around 38, 595 people in the South have been inoculated. 9,676 residents in Ho Chi Minh City received shots of vaccine against rabies in two first months of the year, a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Dr. Phan Trong Lan, institute’s president, said that though there has been no rabies-related deaths this year, people should not neglect it.

Dr. Nguy Cam Huy from the Tropical Disease Hospital said that heat-related illness such as diarrhea, chicken pox and mumps occurred in the hot weather. Therefore, people should take care of their health, eat boiled food and drink more fluids, and maintain personal hygiene including washing hands before meals.

In case that a person is bitten by a dog or cat or a wild animal, she/he should immediately clean and flush the wound to the full depth with water for several minutes, said Dr. Huy. This will help wash out the virus. If available, use soap or detergent to help kill the virus.

After cleaning the wound and removing all traces of soap, applying a household antiseptic or 70 percent alcohol or solution of iodine on the wound will help reduce the quantity of virus. People should not make the wound wider. After that people should go to a nearby medical clinic for timely treatment.

By Thi Hong – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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