Many elderly and children in the city of HCM were hospitalized due to the hot sun


About 7,000 babies go to the Children's Hospital every day, mainly respiratory and digestive diseases; Elderly patients at institutes increased by 20%.

In the early afternoon of April 17, the School of Exams at Children's Hospital 1 still had many young children waiting for medical treatment. Continually fanning and comforting his grandson (5 years old), Nguyen Khoai Em said hot weather caused a high fever, coughing and vomiting for almost three days. Taking him to the hospital, the doctor diagnosed him with respiratory infections.

"The city of Ho Chi Minh is getting warmer and hotter. The adults in the house also get sick, let alone the children," said Em.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc, who is looking after his son (7 years), said after having lunch over his tired son, stomach pain and diarrhea many times. Taking digestive medicine is not good, it takes her from Long An to the Children's Hospital 2 to be treated for treatment.

Patients await medical examination and get results at Children's Hospital 1. Photo: Cam Anh

Patients are awaiting medical examination at Children's Hospital 1, April 17. Photograph: Cam Anh

Dr. Huynh Minh Thu, from the General Planning Department of Children's Hospital 2, said that in mid-April the hospital received about 3,500 to 7,000 patients. Of these, about 7% are hospitalized.

Currently, the number of pediatric patients seeking respiratory treatment is at the top of the hospital. Meanwhile, hands and feet and mouth increased by 47%, digestive diseases increased by almost 15% over the previous month. Many cases of outpatient treatment related to other diseases such as sore throat, bronchitis due to viral infections …

According to Dr. Thu, the hot sun and ultraviolet rays reduce the resistance of the children. Dehydration leads to electrolyte disturbances, the risk of respiratory diseases. In addition, high temperatures make food more susceptible to digestive diseases.

Therefore, parents should limit children to cold water and play comfortably in hot climates. Improve all types of fruit juices, vegetables, vitamin supplements, preserve foods with care.

"Note that you should use air conditioning on a moderate level, use a low level fan.Many children are in thermal shock due to sudden changes in temperature due to the bath soon after going out, showering several times a day." Thu recommends.

The number of elderly patients increased suddenly

At Thong Nhat Hospital, the number of patients visiting the hospital has increased in the last three days. Specifically, on April 15, there were 1,500 visits, until April 17, more than 2,500 shifts, mostly elderly people.

Tired of waiting for a checkup, Nguyen Thi Nga (78), in Ho Chi Minh City, has a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary lament: "The weather is so hot that I'm old, so I can not take it any more. I have flu, cough, tiredness, trouble breathing, eating and drinking are not good. "

Sitting with Ms Nga is mostly elderly patients. They have a history of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and diabetes. Some people are hospitalized with heat exhaustion, with mild to severe symptoms such as fatigue in the body, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, fainting …

The patient was examined at Thong Nhat Hospital, mainly suffering from respiratory, hypertensive and cardiovascular diseases. Photo: Cam Anh

Patients examined at Thong Nhat Hospital mainly suffer from respiratory diseases, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Photograph: Cam Anh

Similarly, the number of patients examined at Saigon General Hospital also increased by almost 20% compared to the previous month. Doctor Nguyen Khac Vui, deputy director of the hospital said that the majority of elderly patients have hospital diseases of respiratory diseases, stroke, hypertension, cardiovascular, thermal shock, joint diseases.

Hot sun is the main reason for increasing the number of elderly patients hospitalized. Its resistance decreases, creating favorable conditions for bacteria and viruses to enter the body. The function of the organs is also weak, which is more prone to the impact of the climate, so the risk of disease is greater.

Dr. Vui advises older people to limit their travel and work during the hot sun hours, from 10am to 4pm. People with cardiovascular disease, blood pressure to comply with medication, control blood pressure as directed by the doctor.

"When there are signs of increased body temperature, sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, headache, you should go to a medical center for immediate examination and treatment."

The elderly have their blood pressure measured before the examination. Photo: Cam Anh

A patient is being checked for blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Photograph: Cam Anh

The city of Ho Chi Minh and the southeastern provinces suffer from high heat waves, normal day temperatures of 35 to 37 degrees Celsius. The phenomenon of heat radiation from cars and tall buildings leads to a road temperature of 39-40 degrees C. Page Weather Online The UK recorded the ultraviolet index in Ho Chi Minh City on April 17 at a dangerous level of 9. Expected from April 18 to April 23, the UV index will reach 12, the level of "extreme danger" to skin.

Cam Anh