Due to a significant fall in the mercury in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, serious respiratory tract infections that include influenza, pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) have begun hitting the population. Due to this, the healthcare facilities are receiving patients in both the public and private sectors.
Pneumonia and ARDS are fatal forms of respiratory tract infections. They claim many lives every year in the region specifically from October to November. Many health experts have said that the deaths from infections can be avoided by creating awareness in public.
ARDS have claimed over 100 lives every year for the last many years from October to December in the public sector hospitals of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
An Intensive Care Specialist in Islamabad Dr. Muhammad Haroon has claimed that the number of deaths due to pneumonia and ARDS has increased as most of the population has not taken measures to avoid it.
It is revealed in the studies that due to dry and cold weather conditions, the atmosphere is filled with pollutants that include dust and toxins that trigger ARDS.
Dr. Haroon said that the number of patients of respiratory tract infections is on the rise and it may get worse unless proper preventive measures are not taken.