"People are coming to us with dengue-like symptoms but we can't confirm the disease till the results of their blood test arrive. So we have to keep them under observation in the hospital. We have added 22 beds to make room for such patients," said Dr Richa Dewan, medical superintendent, Lok Nayak Hospital. The hospital is currently dealing with four confirmed dengue cases and 10 suspected cases.
"Our wards are full and we have already put 12 extra beds. If need be, we will discharge the better patients from other wards," said Dr Promila Gupta, medical superintendent, west Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, which gets between 45 and 50 suspected dengue cases daily, of which at least 15 test positive. The hospital also does about 25-30 platelet transfusions daily. "We had to recently deploy two extra staff members as blood component separation takes a lot of time," added Gupta.
Hospitals also claim that the number of malaria cases too has also gone up this year. "Apart from about 10 dengue cases, we are also dealing with malaria patients, whose number has reached 203 in our hospital. We have a 35-bed disaster ward ready for any eventuality," said Dr Rajpal, medical superintendent of east Delhi's Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital. The hospital does about two platelet transfusions in day.
The total number of persons affected with the mosquito-borne disease has now reached 298. "We have already started door-to-door fogging in several areas and are penalising property owners where mosquito breeding is found," said a senior public health official from south Delhi Municipal Corporation.