Capricious weather sends children to hosiptal in southern Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City's leading pediatric hospitals said they have been getting an unusually large number of patients with respiratory ailments due to the change in weather.

There were 361 patients at the Children's Hospital No.1 on Monday, twice the average number in July, with seven or eight children sharing a bed, doctors told Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Most of them have pneumonia or bronchitis, Dr Tran Anh Tuan, head of the respiratory department, said.

A similar situation was reported at Children's Hospital No.2, which had more than 320 patients on Monday, twice the September number.

Many beds were shared by up to four children.

Tuan said 60 percent of the patients were from outside the city.

Hospitals in their areas could handle the cases, but their parents insisted on bringing them to his hospital, worsening its overload, he said.

But it is not just in HCMC that hospitals are besieged -- the Can Tho Children's Hospital in the Mekong Delta receives around 1,500 children every day with respiratory problems.

Some patients were newborns and needed respirators, the hospital director, Le Hoang Son, said.

Doctors said the children were affected because nights were cold and days were hot and rains were irregular.

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