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Hospitals struggle with surge in patients

WITH temperatures crossing 40 degrees, local hospitals struggled with an unusually high number of patients.

All pediatric hospitals in the city reported about 20 to 30 percent rise in patients, while the general hospitals witnessed a 20 percent jump in emergency patients, most of them suffering from fever and other digestive problems.

"We had nearly 5,000 patients every day this week. Usually, it is about 4,000 patients on average daily," said Xia Lin, an official at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center. "Patients at inner physician departments cover two thirds of the total amount. Many children had fever, cold and diarrhea."

With children spending more time at home due to summer vacation, hospitals have also seen a jump in the number of children coming over for minor injuries likes falling from bed, or hurting their fingers at the door.

Among adults, the hospitals are dealing with patients with fever and digestive problems due to improper use of the air-conditioners or eating improperly.

"Our emergency department is receiving 20 percent more patients every day," said Dr Chen Yanqing, director of the Shanghai No. 10 People's Hospital.

"People should avoid going out at noon these days," Chen said.


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