Hospital populations for children in Jaipur, Rajasthan, spike due to an outbreak of viral fever and bronchitis.

JAIPUR: The biggest-child speciality government-run JK Lon hospital in the city is facing shortage of beds as cases of bronchitis are pouring in taking longer duration in recovery, which is a cause of concern for the doctors. Some of the children are requiring oxygen support as well. Children with complaints of bronchitis having difficulty in breathing are getting admitted to the hospital. Some patients are forced to share beds due to shortage of beds. Doctors claim that cases of bronchitis are rising due to viral infection.“Patients are brought to the hospital with fever, pertussis cough, difficulty in breathing and bronchitis. The conditions are favourable for viral infections as the temperature is ranging between 25 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius with humidity level above 60%. The communicability of the virus is quite high. The cause of worry is that they are taking even more days in recovery than it normally does,” said Dr Ashok Gupta, head of the department (medicine), JK Lon hospital.Children are getting admitted not only in government hospitals but also private hospitals are witnessing a spike in such cases who are brought to the hospital not only from different parts of the city but also from the neighbouring districts. “Since the last two weeks toddlers and children are presented at the hospital with the symptoms of fever, cough, cold which is taking 7-10 days to recover and is occasionally getting progressed by rapid breathing,” said Dr Sanjay Choudhary, senior consultant, Pediatrics, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur said. He said, “Some of them are seasonal viral infection but some are tested positive with H1N1 Swine flu and due to low or no vaccination of DPT Pertussis that can prevent pertussis (also known as “whooping cough,” can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing that makes it hard to breathe, eat, or drink) are also seen coming in OPD which takes 2-3 months to recover. In the presence of other seasonal diseases such as Dengue, Scrub typhus having similar symptoms, this respiratory disease causes difficulty in diagnosis and management.”

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