Delhi is reeling under its worst dengue attack in five years with 12 deaths and more than 1,900 cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection being reported in the city over the past one week, government data shows.
The fresh death cases have taken the dengue toll this year to 17. Unofficially, 22 people have died of the disease.
The numbers of dengue deaths reported this year is highest since the 2006 outbreak when 56 people died of dengue. The total number of cases has shot up to 3,791 so far this year.
In 2010, which was the previous outbreak year, 2,728 people were affected with five deaths.
Of the total number of cases reported till September 19, the month of September alone has reported 2,960 cases so far. The government is constantly monitoring the situation.
On Monday, cabinet secretary PK Sinha reviewed various preventive and clinical management measures to deal with the dengue outbreak.
Sinha directed all Delhi hospitals to use mobile clinics, wherever available, and to put to use spare ambulances as mobile clinics to reach out to a larger section of the affected people. He asked the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) to extend their facility to non-members to deal with the recent upsurge of dengue.
Union health minister JP Nadda reviewed the situation on Monday and sought daily dengue status update from all central government hospitals. Extra beds for dengue patients have been allocated in all the five central government hospitals, including 260 beds in Safdarjung Hospital, 110 beds in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital -- that includes 40 beds for children.
In addition, 93 beds in Sucheta Kriplani hospital and 70 beds Kalawati Saran hospital have been allotted. AIIMS has dedicated beds for dengue patients in the medicine, paediatric and emergency wards, and also each ward has been asked to have two designated beds for dengue patients in case of emergency.
“We are trying to accommodate all dengue patients even though we are running to our full capacity,” said a senior doctor in the hospital.
700 more beds
The Delhi government on Monday announced the addition of 700 more beds, apart from the 1,000 promised earlier. Of this, 300 have already been installed and 400 would be set up by Tuesday. With the addition of the 1,700 beds, the total number of beds in Delhi government hospitals would go up to 12,694.
“I have directed the hospitals to admit all serious patients. If the patient is in a state of panic, even if his condition is stable, he should be admitted. If the relatives ask that the patient be admitted, he should be admitted,” said Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain.
The Delhi government also blamed the municipal corporations for not providing daily data. Jain said around 700-800 hospitals and nursing homes across the city have not been providing proper details, along with some central government hospitals.