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79 new diarrhoea patients admitted to Kolkata hospital

Villagers wading through flood water in the Hooghly district, some 90 km from Kolkata, on Sunday as heavy monsoon rainfall continues across West Bengal.– PHOTO: AFP

Villagers wading through flood water in the Hooghly district, some 90 km from Kolkata, on Sunday as heavy monsoon rainfall continues across West Bengal.– PHOTO: AFP  

The health scenario in Bengal remained grim with 79 fresh cases of diarrhoea being registered in the last 12 hours. The new patients had been admitted to the Beliaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) Hospital where one patient died on Saturday. The number of diarrhoea cases increased after many places in Kolkata and adjoining areas as well as in Howrah and South 24 Parganas district remained waterlogged for several days due to the flood-like situation.

Earlier more than 400 diarrhoea patients were admitted in the hospital. However many were discharged within a day or two.

“In the last 12 hours, 79 new diarrhoea patients were admitted here. One man (57) died yesterday (Saturday). With this the total number of diarrhoea cases is 321 till now,” Principal of Beliaghata (ID) Hospital U.K. Bhadra told The Hindu on Sunday. This was the first diarrhoea-related death in the hospital after the flood-like situation in Bengal.

Hospital officials said that the man was a resident of Beniapukur area in the eastern part of the city. He was admitted in a critical condition and died within hours of being brought to the hospital. There was heavy water-logging in Beniapukur till earlier last week.

Dr. Bhadra also said seven patients were in a critical condition among which two were children. Among the 321 patients admitted, 87 are children while 141 are men and 151 are women, hospital officials said.

“Most of the patients admitted here are from Tiljala, Tangra, Ballygunge in Kolkata and Canning and Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district,” said an official of the Beliaghata ID hospital.

These areas witnessed severe water-logging due to heavy rain.

Meanwhile, water has receded from many parts of the city and the State. However, fresh downpour is expected towards the end of the week.

“Scattered rainfall is expected as monsoon will continue till October,” said G. C. Debnath, Director of the regional weather office.

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