UAE: Hospitals see increase in patients after heavy rains

Health experts have reiterated that with rains come illnesses, and the number of people visiting medical clinics has significantly increased in the last few days.

Doctors say that the spike in flu cases during winter is inevitable and the numbers had gone up compared to the previous years.

Healthcare specialists say that there are thousands of viruses in and around us. Nearly 60-80 per cent of kids visiting clinics are affected by viral infections with the remaining affected by bacterial infections.

However, people get better in a week and those having coughs might take a little longer to get a respite, said Dr Sherif. Doctors said the treatment depends on the patient’s condition. “If the situation is critical, the patient should visit the hospital,” said Dr Khalid Mamdooh Alkubaisy, a specialist in internal medicine at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

“People should take care and not expose themselves to extreme temperatures to avoid infection during this season. One should stay indoors or wear some rain gear when going out in the rain,” added Dr Alkubaisy.

In the case of children, parents should be cautious and check their children’s health and not send them to school if they are sick, say doctors.

Medicos have urged sick individuals to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Vaccination is another crucial element that is safe and efficient means to protect oneself against illness.

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