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Hospitals feel heat, no room for dengue patients

Astha Saxena, Hindustan Times  Noida/Ghaziabad, October 15, 2012
First Published: 15:28 IST(15/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:36 IST(15/10/2012)

With the rising number of dengue and malaria cases, most hospitals in Noida and Ghaziabad are finding it difficult to accommodate patients. Beds in most of the hospitals are occupied. As a result, many are compelled to check hospitals in Delhi.

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"All the hospitals in Ghaziabad are full. Not a single bed is available. We are going to a private hospital in Delhi," said Vikram Singh, a resident of Indirapuram.

In Ghaziabad, the district health department has sent 102 samples for confirmation, of which, three have tested positive. However, no death has been reported.

Yashoda Hospital at Nehru Nagar in Ghaziabad has 306 beds and all of them are occupied, mostly by patients suffering from mosquito-borne diseases. The hospital administration has arranged a few more beds. Patients are now being accommodated in its auditorium.

"We have added 21 more beds. There are 252 patients in the hospital, of which, 50% are suffering from dengue, malaria or viral fever," said Dr Priyaranjan Thakur, additional medical superintendent, Yashoda Hospital, Nehru Nagar. 

"We are unable to provide private beds to patients. Every day, the number of patients discharged is equal to those admitted," he added.

The hospital's Kaushambi branch has 106 beds. Of these, 15 beds -- dedicated to disaster management department - have also been occupied. "All the beds are occupied, mostly by patients suffering from mosquito-borne diseases," said Dr Suniel Dagar, chief medical officer (CMO), Yashoda, Kaushambi.

Other private hospitals in the city too are struggling in accommodating patients. "We have created space for eight more beds. But everything has been done, keeping in mind the quality of services," said Dr TS Jain, medical superintendent, Pushpanjali Crosslay Hospital, Vaishali.

In Noida, more than 100 cases have been reported by private hospitals. On the other hand, the health department has confirmed only 10 cases, of the 107 blood samples it had received.

The samples were sent in two parts. First, 43 samples were sent to the district hospital. While the hospital confirmed 26 samples positive, the health department maintained it at two. Later, 48 samples were sent to the department, of which, it confirmed eight. The department has received 26 more samples, which will be sent for confirmation on Monday.

"We have 350 beds, but more than 400 patients have been admitted, most of them are suffering from mosquito-borne diseases. As the number of such patients is on the rise this season, we have the permission to increase the number of beds," said Dr Sarika, chief medical officer (CMO), Kailash Hospital, Sector 27, Noida.

Finally, health dept wakes up to epidemic threat.


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