Coconut water in high demand as dengue count rises

TNN | Updated: Nov 7, 2018, 12:00 IST

PATNA: Sale of coconut water has increased manifold in the city due to rise in number of dengue cases. “Attendants and relatives of those suffering from the mosquito-borne disease are willing to pay higher prices for coconut water,” said a fruit juice seller.

According to doctors, dengue patients are advised to consume papaya, orange, lemon, vegetable juices and coconut water as they fulfil the requirement of vitamins and minerals.

The additional advantage with coconut water is that it is widely available in the city. The water replenishes electrolytes, minerals and other trace minerals lost by the body.

Sumit Kumar, who owns a fruit juice shop near Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, said, “We normally charge Rs 40-60 per coconut from customers. However, people don’t hesitate in paying higher prices as the outbreak of dengue in the city has resulted in shortage of coconuts,” Sumit said.

Ranjan Singh from Siwan said doctors have suggested his 22-year-old son, who is undergoing treatment for dengue at a private hospital, to consume fruit and vegetable juices to recuperate soon.

Nalanda Medical College and Hospital superintendent Dr Chandrashekhar said patients affected with dengue should consume liquid from sources such as fruits and vegetables. “Coconut water is highly beneficial as it contains electrolytes,” he added.

Coconut water is being sold at several places in the city, including Gandhi Maidan, Kargil Chowk, Ashok Rajpath near Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Khazanchi Road, Buddha Smiriti Park and Eco Park.

Gautam Kumar, who owns a juice shop near PMCH, said, “Though coconut water always remains in demand, its sale has increased manifold due to outbreak of dengue virus in the city.”

Meanwhile, the dengue count in the state has touched 792. Altogether 638 dengue cases have been recorded in Patna alone between January and October 28.

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