30 June, 2021
Correspondents of “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” report that children’s departments in the infectious diseases hospitals in Ashgabat and suburbs, including hospitals in Choganly and the village of Yzgant are experiencing a shortage of beds because of the spread of rotavirus. Primarily schoolchildren of junior grades seek medical assistance in healthcare facilities.
During a summer break children spend most of their time outside. The heat, dust and irregular water supply create favourable conditions for the spread of various infections.
In addition, the news outlet Turkmen news reports that children can often be seen digging the garbage bins in search of vegetable peels and watermelon and melon rind. They are then used as fodder for cattle.
The schoolchildren diagnosed with rotovirus complain about fatigue accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea.
According to healthcare practitioners, this infection is quite common for Turkmenistan. However, because of deplorable hygienic conditions caused in part by shortage of drinking water, the scale of the disease is much more serious than in the previous years.
When there is no opportunity to wash hands more often, let alone wash fruit, it is not efficient to remind parents of basic hygiene requirements, the doctors of the Center for Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases said.
“Chronicles of Turkmenistan” previously reported that for over a month water supply has been cut off at night as part of the water saving initiative. The news outlet “Meteojournal” reports that the extreme drought, the strongest over the past 13 years, is recorded in Akhal velayat.
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