In wake of dry season for the past two months, a steep rise has been witnessed in viral and respiratory infections among people of Rajouri district, but medical experts are expecting the cases to come down after rains lash the region.
According to details with Greater Kashmir, almost all government hospitals in Rajouri district have experienced a sharp rise in number of patients approaching there with infections in Nose and Throat as well as the respiratory tract.
"From PHCs to district hospitals, steep rise in such cases has been witnessed in the past month," health department sources said.
They said in the medical OPD of ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat ) at district hospital, long queues of patients can be seen with majority of patients having infection of respiratory tract.
"Infection in throat region with severe congestion in breathing is a usual medical problem seen these a days among patients," said a doctor at DH Rajouri.
Medicos said since first week of October, Rajouri is awaiting rainfall and this prolonged dry season has led to severe accumulation of dust and smoke particles in atmosphere which act as a supporting factor of these infections.
They also said regular burning of garbage in Rajouri town, emission of smoke by vehicles on large scale and burning of agricultural crops and repeated incidents of forest fire are continuously spreading smoke in the atmosphere thereby further swelling the cases of viral infections.
When contacted ENT specialist at district hospital Rajouri, Dr. Vidushi Badyal, said rise in viral infections of ENT and respiratory infections are witnessed every year in this season which usually remains dry.
She said as dry season is prevailing for last two months, "we are witnessing heavy rush of patients in our OPD."
"One should take semi-hot water and exposure to dust and smoke should be prevented," she said.