Dengue has struck Delhi unusually early this season, with positive cases being reported from across the city.
“Usually, cases pile up when the rains start receding in September and October, but this year, a different trend is being noticed,” said N.K. Yadav, Municipal Health Officer, MCD.
Most city hospitals say they are prepared to handle the dengue cases, as the number of positive cases is still not high.
“It has become endemic in this part of the country. We regularly get cases both in our OPD and emergency so we have to be prepared at all times,” said Dr D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent, AIIMS.
“No one hospital can take the entire load. We admit patients subject to the patients’ need for bed and our availability. We haven’t made any special arrangements for dengue patients,” he said, adding, “In case of an epidemic, we’ll make the required arrangements.”
At Safdarjung Hospital, dengue patients are lining up. “Not all patients need hospitalization. But in case there is an emergency we try and accommodate as many even if we have to resort to twin sharing or asking a patient to use a mattress,” said a doctor.
“We are getting 2-3 suspected cases daily and 3-4 positive cases a week,” said the doctor.
Even private hospitals are ready for dengue patients. “We have eight beds for dengue patients,” said Dr S.P. Byotra, chairman, medicine department, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
“We also have a good blood bank, with two cell separators. For dengue, we only need platelets, so donors can give blood daily, as after removing the platelets, the remaining is returned to donor’s body,” he said.