“Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are on the rise in department. I can’t say the exact numbers but there is a rise in people with complaints of cold, cough, fever walking into OPD.In some cases, coughing is persistent for two to three weeks even after fever has settled,” MGMMC department of medicine professor Dr VP Pandey told TOI.
The integrated health information platform (IHIP) of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) recorded over 1000 patients with cough, cold, and fever from November 11 to 20 in OPDs of government hospitals in the district. This period overlapped with post-Diwali eight days that witnessed worsening of air quality in the city with AQI ranging between 121 and 312.
“There is a rise in asthmatic attacks and pneumonia needing admission. There is also a rise in patients with breathing problems and coughing post-Diwali. Of the 70 OPD cases post-Diwali, around half were of worsening cough and severe breathing problems,” Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Indore consultant, pulmonary medicine, Dr Ravi Dosi told TOI. “The OPD cases came from residential societies with a history of firecracker burning and home cleaning performed for the festival,” Dr Dosi said.
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