Monsoon brings with it an end to the scorching summer heat and a sigh of relief for everyone. But during the rainy season, water gets contaminated. And consuming this contaminated water can cause stomach disorders, diarrhoea and jaundice. A large number of patients are making trips to the hospital with maladies like fever, cold, cough and sore throat due to contaminated water.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Mini Khetrapal, Head of Department of Disease Control said that, “Consuming uncovered food and contaminated water can cause diarrhoea. In July, 1,010 cases of diarrhoea were reported. In the next few days, the number of patients suffering from the diarrhoea is likely to be increased. There was only one case of cholera recorded this year. And the number of people suffering from the other diseases is also increasing. Time and again the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department appeals the patients to be alert.”
Swine flu had created havoc in the month of July. But now, along with swine flu, the number of diarrhoea patients have also been increasing.
According to experts, the contaminated water can cause gastroenteritis. Due to infected water, patients also suffer from stomach disorders, vomiting and dysentery. These symptoms are visible after four to five hours of after drinking contaminated water. Vomiting and dysentery reduces the water content in the body.
Medical Director of Municipal Corporation Dr Avinash Supe informed, “In the month of June-July, there was a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from various diseases, due to the consumption of contaminated water. Many patients came to seek treatment for vomiting and dysentery .by keeping this in mind, the Health Department started special campaign. Under this campaign, the ice which is given to people from the various roadside food stuff, has been destroyed.”