LAHORE: Excessive use of traditional junk food like samosa, pakora and spicy meals at Iftar has caused considerable increase in gastroenteritis and diarrhoea.

Increase in hospitalisation of gastro and diarrhoea patients has added burden on already overloaded health facilities.

More than 3,000 people are daily visiting public sector hospitals in Lahore for treatment of gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. Insufficient beds and shortage of necessary medicines are adding to the miseries of hapless fasting people.

“We are providing all possible treatment facilities to the patients. Yes, lack of beds and necessary medicines are problems”, said a doctor performing duties at Emergency of Services Hospital. The same situation was witnessed at other teaching hospitals in Lahore.

The doctor advised people to adopt healthy eating habits at iftar to avoid gastro and diarrhea. He said that extra precautions should be taken due to sultry weather.

As many as 189 gastro/diarrhea patients visited Jinnah Hospital, 186 Sheikh Zayed Hospital, 182 Services Hospital, 177 Lahore General Hospital, 172 Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 171 Nawaz Sharif Social Security Hospital, 170 Wapda Hospital, 163 Said Mitha Hospital, 159 Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, 153 Shahdara Hospital, 148 Yakki Gate Hospital, 100 Mozang Hospital, 74 Doctors Hospital and 55 Model Town Hospital.

The situation was the same at private clinics of family physicians in every nook and corner of Lahore.

Family physicians, running clinics in various localities, are daily getting hundreds of gastro and diarrhoea patients and their numbers are increasing with every passing day.

“Excessive use of junk food and spicy meals is a routine during Ramazan. Unhealthy eating routine during sultry weather has increased gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. Dozens of fasting people including women are visiting my clinic every day,” said leading family physician Dr Muhammad Abdul Rauf.

He advised the people to avoid junk food, take freshly cooked meal with enhanced fluid intake at Iftar. He also advised people to avoid self medication and quacks.

“It is necessary to consult a qualified physician. Self medication or advice of quack could cause further complications”, he said.