The increasing number of diarrhoea cases owing to monsoon has led to a severe bed shortage at the Civil Hospital.
According to the hospital’s records, about 40 diarrhoea patients have been admitted to the casualty ward.
“There has been a 15% increase in diarrhoea cases in the last few days,” says Dr Sanjay Narula, senior medical officer and head of casualty ward at the 100-bed Civil Hospital.
Due to this steep increase, the hospital has been witnessing acute shortage of beds with two women being made to share one bed. “On an average, we are seeing more than 30 patients every day. This has led to a shortage of beds and we have to make two women sleep on one bed in the female ward,” said an official at the hospital, on condition of anonymity.
About five diarrhoea patients were referred to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi on Friday, the official said.
The source also revealed that there has been a shortage of saline and lactate bottles at the casualty department. “Many of the patients come with acute dehydration due to vomiting and loose motions. Each such person needs about two bottles of saline and lactate to restore the hydration in the body. But there has been a shortage of these bottles in the casualty department,” added the official.
However, senior officials had another theory. “The patients must have been referred due to other reasons such as shock or severe electrolyte problems. None of our patients have been denied admission or have been referred due to shortage of beds,” said Narula.
Out of the total 100 beds at the Civil Hospital, the casualty ward has 60 beds — 30 each for the male and female wards. Due to the increase in diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and vomiting cases, the female ward has been running full.
As soon as the monsoon arrived, the hospital began to register a number of water-borne diseases. Anticipating a further rise in such diseases, the hospital administration had claimed of increasing its bed capacity — an additional 10 beds were going to be set up specifically for monsoon illnesses. But this has evidently not been done.