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Athletes queue up at Games polyclinic

india Updated: Sep 29, 2010 23:09 IST
Rhythma Kaul
Rhythma Kaul
Hindustan Times

Doctors at the Games Village polyclinic are busy attending to athletes coming in with complaints of minor injuries and fever. Around 400 athletes and delegates have already visited the polyclinic in the past five days.

Most of them came in with complaints of muscle pulls and injuries, which kept the imaging department — X-ray, ultrasound and CT scan — and the physiotherapists busy.

While 40 people complained of exertion-induced fever, two foreigners were diagnosed with viral fever.

The Games Village is hosting as many as 2,000 athletes and delegates from 71 countries.

An athlete, who underwent a minor orthopaedic surgery late on Tuesday night at GB Pant Hospital, was discharged on Wednesday morning. The sprinter had slipped and fallen during a practice session.

MRI scans on four foreign athletes have been conducted over the past three days at GB pant, the only government-run hospital out of the three designated for tertiary care of the participants.

“Some athletes did have slight fever, but it’s nothing serious. Thankfully, not a single dengue or H1N1 case has been reported,” said Delhi health minister Kiran Walia. “The athlete, who underwent a surgery, is doing fine now.”

Although the health minister refused to divulge more details about the athlete, sources in the hospital claimed he was from Scotland. “While most of them underwent various tests, including x-rays, ultra-sounds, physiotherapy and toe-injury treatments, some female athletes also consulted our gynaecologists,” she said.

The 10-bedded polyclinic also has an operation theatre for minor surgeries inside the Games Village.