PUNE: As the monsoon is here, doctors from the city say there has been an increase in viral infections followed by jaundice cases due to consumption of contaminated water and food in the city.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Shishir Joshi, General Physician from Sahyadri Hospital said infections due to eating outside are on the rise.
“Many patients come to us who have infections due to consuming street food and water. Due to rain, the food is contaminated as well as water is unfit to drink.
In such a scenario, patients must avoid eating outside food,” said Dr Joshi.
He said there is an increase of patients but most have common flu symptoms.
“There are patients with diabetes who are at more risk. The inflow of such patients is more this time. But they have common flu symptoms,” said Dr Joshi.
Echoing similar views, Dr Sanjay Agarwal, Physician from Jehangir Hospital said there is an increase in patients with viral infections and common symptoms of flu.
“About 10 to 15 per cent of patients have increased since the onset of rains,” said Dr Agarwal.
“This is a normal increase in patients as the weather has changed. Common flu symptoms are common and patients should consult a doctor if there are any primary symptoms,” said Dr Hankare.
Pune Municipal Corporation Assistant Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) Dr Sanjeev Wavare said patients can get treatment at PMC-run hospitals.
“Patients should boil water and drink as the water can be contaminated due to rains. Also, hot served food is advisable for consumption.
Puneites should refrain from eating street food as this can cause problems,” said Dr Wavare.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Ramchandra Hankare, Chief of Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said there has been an increase in such patients but there is no need to worry.