Pneumonia claims lives of 28 children in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Twenty-eight children of 2,000 hospitalised with pneumonia have died of the infection in one month in western Faryab province, officials said on Monday, warning against the rapidly spreading virus.
The provincial health department lacked certain facilities to deal with the increasing number of child pneumonia patients, said the director, Dr. Maroof Samar.
He said the pneumonia disease had rapidly increased in children under the age of five years and they received around 100 patients in one day and 2,500 in one month.
Most of the infected children were hospitalised in the Afghan-Turk hospital and over 600 of them had been discharged after medical check-up.
The public health director lamented the loss of 28 children in one month period despite hard work by provincial health officials at different health centers.
Hayatullah, a resident of first municipal district in Maimana, the provincial capital, said her two and a half years old daughter had pneumonia and she died, although doctors provided her with medicines and drops but she couldn’t be saved.
“I took my daughter to Pakistan when she fell sick for the first time. She was good for sometime but last night her condition deteriorated and I took her to hospital where she died”, he said.”
Dr. Samar, however, said the death toll from the fast-spreading disease was not surprising because such deaths could take place on the same scale if a similar situation occurred in a developed country.
Dr. Hashmatullah Faez, a doctor at the Afghan-Turk hospital, said winter was a season when most people suffered from pneumonia.
He complained against the lack of health facilities in hospitals, saying six patients should be kept in a single ward under World Health Organization (WHO) standards, but currently there were 20 and 25 individuals admitted to a single ward.
But the health department head said construction work on a 100-bed hospital, a $4.5 million project, had been delayed by the construction company for illogical reasons.
Governor Syed Anwar Sadat had said the construction of hospitals and some other projects had been recently discussed with the president. He said the construction company had promised in written to complete the remaining work of the hospital in 2016.
Officials believed with the two new hospitals, people would easily find access to health facilities in the province.
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