TEKİRDAĞ Provincial Health Director Ali Cengiz Kalkan stated that there has been a decrease in the number of pediatric patients due to the increasing flu infections in recent months, and said, “In this process, which especially affected our pediatric patients more seriously in November and December, our children constituted 1 in 3 patients, this number has now increased to 1 in 4. I expect that the closure of our schools will also make a positive contribution to this,” he said.
Tekirdağ Provincial Health Director Kalkan said that there has been a serious upward trend in flu infections in the last 3 months. Stating that there is a density in hospitals due to the dynamic population of the region, other provinces in Thrace and people coming from Istanbul, Kalkan said, “When the applications are examined, the number of applications is 12 percent in 2021, 13 percent in 2022, and the average of Turkey is known as 8.” A significant increase has been observed in the number of applications to our hospitals, especially in the last 3 months, due to the fact that the season is winter, the weather is cold, and the long time spent indoors. Our public hospitals met 75 percent of all applications. It increased from 37 percent to 49 percent in November and December, and showed a high trend, decreasing to 48 percent in January. When we look at the distribution of these among children, our pediatric patients accounted for one-third of our patients. common cold due to epidemics Our health tests have met a high number of applications due to diseases such as rips, throat infections, upper respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, laryngitis and otitis. Likewise, while the number of applications to our primary care facilities and family physicians was 4.7 percent in 2021 and 5.1 percent in 2022, there is an ongoing application of approximately 5 percent now. Again, we have a Turkey average of around 3-4 percent. These numbers are high in our province, and a higher rate of seasonal flu and upper respiratory tract infections have been experienced in our province when compared to Turkey.” Provincial Health Director Kalkan stated that the number of pediatric patients had decreased in the flu epidemic, “Let me share a good information as of last month. In this process, which especially affected our pediatric patients more seriously in November and December, our children made up one-third of our total patients, but this number has now dropped to one-fourth. While one-third of our emergency admissions due to upper respiratory tract infection was composed of pediatric patients, this number decreased to one-fourth as of the first 15 days of January. In other words, 1 out of 4 of our patients come to the emergency room as pediatric patients. I expect the closure of our schools to make a positive contribution to this,” he said. Noting that the number of patients hospitalized with influenza infection increased from time to time, Kalkan said, “Our COPD diseases, especially in adults, used to increase every year at this time. Our inpatient rate, which was 8 percent between January and August, had increased to 17 percent by the end of December. We can say that our health facilities, with their equipment, team and equipment, have overcome this epidemic with the least damage, as always, with outstanding success,” he said.
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