JAIPUR: The hospitals are witnessing an increasing number of patients who are being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia, apart from malaria and scrub typhus. The doctors claimed that bilateral pneumonia that affects the respiratory tract has become common. Most of the patients being admitted to hospitals through medicine units' OPDs are suffering bilateral pneumonia.
Beds in medicine wards in majority of the hospitals are completely occupied by patients as cases of scrub typhus, malaria, dengue, viral fever and bilateral pneumonia have been reported in large numbers. It has become a difficult task for the medical, health and family welfare department to prevent the spread of the diseases. The serious patients coming to private clinics are also being referred to bigger hospitals.
P D Meena of SMS hospital said, "Most of the patients admitted to the hospital are suffering from respiratory tract infection due to influenza virus. During the past few days the bilateral pneumonia cases have increased in number causing respiratory tract infection."
The doctors said that a case of bilateral pneumonia could infect others by sneezing or coughing. A person with low immunity could easily be affected by it. The symptoms of the disease are fever, chest pain, coughing, sore throat, nausea, fatigue and vomiting.
The SMS hospital claimed that the situation has improved slightly as the number of patients has decreased. "The number of patients coming to the hospital has decreased but still a large number of patients with fever are being admitted to the hospital and also coming to the OPD," an official with SMS hospital said.