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Diarrhea cases among children rising in Sar-i-Pul

Diarrhea cases among children rising in Sar-i-Pul

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Jun 21, 2017 - 21:13

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): The number of children suffering from diarrhea has increased with the advent of summer in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said Wednesday.

Dr. Rahimullah Rahim, a pediatrician at the Sar-i-Pul Civil Hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News confirmed receiving more than 500 children infected with diarrhea at the hospital in the past one month.

He said 90 percent of the infected children were discharged after prescription but the rest with severe disease were hospitalized.

He linked the increase in diarrhea cases among children to poor nutrition and sanitation, saying necessary measures had been taken for a possible increase in patients. Rahim said no one had died of the disease at the hospital so far.

Womeninfo-icon attending their ailing children said they were satisfied with services at the civil hospital but complained about the lack of a waiting room.

Hajira, a mother of two children under care at the hospital, said one of her children was infected with diarrhea while the other was suffering from malnutrition.

A resident of Shiram area of the provincial capital, Hajira said she was unable to take her children to hospital on time due to her economic problems and insecurity in the region.

Sakina, a resident of Imaminfo-icon Khurd area of Sar-i-Pul city, was with her six months old baby affected by diarrhea in the hospital.

She was also satisfied with services at the hospital and doctors and said her baby’s condition had improved.

Abdul Samay, a resident of Suzma Qala district, who had hospitalized his child in the civil hospital, complained about lack of a waiting room there.

“In the absence of a waiting room, attendants spend the day under burning sun and night in the open”, he grumbled.

Hospital officials confirmed the problem and said construction of a waiting room had been suggested to the authorities concerned.

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