With the monsoon setting in,city doctors are warning residents to keep off unhygienic food and water particularly as the season is beset by water-borne diseases. Cholera,Hepatitis A and E,Typhoid,diarrhoea are some of the most common water-borne diseases that spread during monsoons and hospitals and dispensaries fill up with people complaining of stomach aches and other symptoms of such diseases.
Early this month,the number of jaundice cases rise in areas of Ramdarbar and Sector 45. Normally,the number should be 2 cases per 1,000,but due to some reasons the number in those areas rose to 20-25,which was a worrisome figure, said Dr Mukhmohit,an epidemiologist.
In densely populated areas,water pipes are laid parallel to sewerage pipes. Due to excessive use of motor pumps,the negative pressure gets created and drinking water pipe gets in infected water from outside, he added.
Dr Ram Lal,Professor,Internal medicine department,GMCH-32 said: The cases varies from area to area,though the number of patients with water-borne diseases starts increasing from this month. Every day 4-5 patients come to us and the number will increase further.
Talking about jaundice,the doctor said: Jaundice from Hepatitis A and E are more common during monsoons,as the virus is more active during this time. The infection of Hepatitis A and E happens because of the intake of contaminated food or unhygienic water. In 85 per cent of the cases,the virus hep A impacts children up to 10 years of age. Hep E can be very fatal in pregnancy.
The doctor stressed that people should avoid eating outside during this season. The food items like cut fruits and sweet water from road side vendors should be avoided. Diseases like cholera,hepatitis A and E,diarrhoea and typhoid spreads due to the intake of contaminated and unhygienic food. Speaking preventive measures,Dr Deepinder Kapoor from Cheema Hospital said: Maintenance of hygiene and eating healthy food is the only solution of being disease free during the season.