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Gurgaon not good enough for treatment

Gurgaon may house the best of the companies, but it has little infrastructure to treat H1N1 patients. As a result, most people are heading for the national capital for treatment, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2009 23:36 IST

Gurgaon may house the best of the companies, but it has little infrastructure to treat H1N1 patients.

As a result, most people are heading for the national capital for treatment.

Only three of the 46 swine flu patients in Gurgaon expressed their trust in the state-run Civil Hospital here and were admitted. The rest have gone to Delhi.

Samrat Pandeya who died in Delhi lived in DLF City.

Doctors at the Civil Hospital admitted that essential equipment like respirator and a sophisticated intensive care unit for the critically ill were not available.

A. Deswal, a resident of DLF City, said he had to run around to find the room meant for swine flu suspects for collection of samples. “I went to the Civil Hospital to get the blood of my son tested. I don’t believe they are equipped enough to treat patients. I preferred RML Hospital (in Delhi),” he said.

S.S. Dalal, the chief medical officer of Gurgaon, said the Civil Hospital was well-equipped. “We have created a special isolation ward in our hospital with two beds. We have treated three patients successfully.”

He also said most patients have good connections in Delhi and preferred to go there.