DERGAON, April 7 - As the Out Patient Departments (OPD) in all the hospitals are closed under the present circumstances, hence no rush of patients has been witnessed these days.
Interacting with this correspondent, the Superintendent of Golaghat Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital Dr Uttam Prasad Dutta said there was no rush of patients in the Emergency Department too.
�Some patients come to the hospital with minor problems, while some among them visit the hospital only for availing free medicines,� he said.
The vice president of AASHRAY, a frontline nature organisation here and Headmaster of Dusutimukh HS, Sachi Gohain, said the present lifestyle of the residents has changed the overall scenario in hospitals and the society at large.
�Due to ingestion of homemade food during the lockdown period, the general health of the people has taken a turn for the better, with cases of digestive problems coming down drastically,� he observed.
�The absence of unhygienic food items in dinghy eateries and outright dirty restaurants, besides fish and meat markets sans any sense of health or hygiene, are key factor in the present-day improvement of overall health scenario,� he added.
Prasenjit Khound, a resident of Khoundpara here said some people had a phobia for visiting the hospital even without suffering from any disease.
�While a section of pseudo-patients have stopped visiting the hospitals without any rhyme or reason, the lockdown, has also created many difficulties for a sizeable section of the public,� he said.
Joyjyoti Hazarika, Junior Assistant of DKD College here felt that with access to clean drinking water and pure home-cooked food, half the diseases can be kept at bay.
In this regard, a survey carried out in Canada around four to five decades ago may highlight a peculiar fact. The survey, carried out during a strike by the doctors, found that the death rate declined in that period.