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December 6, 2017

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RTI, pneumonia among children on the rise in twin cities

Rawalpindi: Soon after the setting in of winter, the incidence of both the upper and the lower respiratory tract infections among children and infants has started taking shape of epidemic and the number of patients reaching allied hospitals with RTIs is continuously on the rise. Data collected by ‘The News’ on Tuesday has revealed that the allied hospitals in town including Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Headquarters Hospital are receiving heavy burden of child patients with RTIs.
On average, the allied hospitals are receiving 600 to 800 child patients with RTIs daily and the number of child patients with lower respiratory tract infections including pneumonia is also on the rise.
An estimated 80 to 85 per cent of the total child patients visiting allied hospitals are with RTIs and of these, nearly 15 per cent of children and infants are reported with pneumonia, said Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at Rawalpindi Medical University and In-charge Paeds Department at Holy Family Hospital Dr. Tariq Saeed while talking to ‘The News’ on Tuesday.
He said well over 80 per cent of the total child patients reported with respiratory tract infections at the allied hospitals are with upper respiratory tract infections including colds, sore throat, cough and flu.

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