Children usually contract viral gastroenteritis from other children who have had it or who have been exposed to it, such as those kids in child care centres, schools, and other crowded settings. Viral gastroenteritis is very contagious and spreads easily from child to child.
On the other hand, your child is sent home from school with a sore throat, cough, and high fever — could it be the flu that’s been going around. Though, both of them take a toll on your child’s health. But, the paediatricians from Pune reveal some vital statistics regarding the same.
Paediatricians have witnessed a drastic fall in gastro diseases among kids, following the immunisation and sanitation drives across the state. Also a rise of around 70 per cent viral infections was noted amongst children recently.
Dr Sanjay Lalwani, medical director of the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College and Hospital said that this season saw around 70 per cent hike in viral infectious diseases among children.
“There has been an overall increase in the number of viral cases being reported. Earlier, we would witness around 70 TO 80 per cent of gastro cases. Now, the number of cases is reduced to 20 per cent,” informed Lalwani.
He further mentioned that the less number of gastro diseases can be attributed to the increased and rigorous drive by the present government to spread immunisation and increasing sanitation programs.
Sassoon General Hospital in Pune has also witnessed a similar trend. Doctors at the hospital said that the incidences of children with gastro related illnesses have reduced. While this year, the percentage of viral flu has increased at an alarming rate.
Dr Minakshi Nalbale, who is a paediatric surgeon from Sassoon General Hospital, said, “Because of increased vaccination and improved awareness on sanitation, the gastro cases have gone down. Infectious disease can be prevented with effective intervention, but the prevention of viral diseases is not entirely in our control. This year, we have witnessed a rise in the number of viral cases, the most common being viral flu.”
Dr Lalwani also stated that there has been a rigorous drive by the government to ensure that rotavirus vaccine reaches as many children. This vaccine is used to protect against rotavirus infections.
Dr Lalwani concluded by saying,“These viruses are the leading cause of severe diarrhoea amongst children. We are now seeing many Indian pharmaceutical giants make these vaccines here in the country, which in turn makes it cheap. Due to this it is easily accessible for everyone. And, such initiatives have reduced the number of bacterial infections among children.”