No facilities at Kapurthala hospital add to dengue patients' woes

  • Parampreet Singh Narula, Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
  • Updated: Sep 14, 2015 22:15 IST

Lack of facilities at the civil hospital here is adding to woes of dengue patients, who are being referred to other hospitals. As per the information, 27 patients of total 110 suspected patients reported in the hospital have been confirmed positive of which two died in August and five were referred to other hospitals while a single patient was admitted to the hospital for the treatment.

However, doctors at the civil hospital claimed that some of the patients are being provided treatment through outdoor patient department (OPD) as they are having low symptoms of dengue.

It has been learnt that only a handful of patients, including poor families or in emergency, have turned towards the civil hospital to seek treatment for dengue while other patients use to prefer private hospitals due to lack of basic facilities in the hospital.

Sources said due to lack of facilities at the civil hospital most of the patients opt for private hospitals for their treatment.

Notably, the civil hospital does not has a single donor platelets (SPD) extraction machine and platelet rich plasma (PRP) method being used to transfer platelets to dengue patients, which is a long process, less effective and also waste the blood from which platelets have been separated.

"SPD extraction is the best method to transfer the platelets in dengue patients as it is five times more effective than PRP method and after extracting platelets through SPD the blood is again transferred to the donor," a doctor said.

He said although the hospital has all the basic facilities, including an isolation ward, mac-alisa test, NS1 antigen test and other medicines, to treat dengue patients, but due to lack of SPD extraction machine, doctors have to refer the serious dengue patients to other hospitals for the treatment.

Moreover, the hospital does not even have ventilator facility and is also facing a huge staff shortage. Meanwhile, two persons including Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Model Town, Kapurthala, and Chand Kala, wife of a gardener at the civil hospital, Kapurthala, died of dengue in August at the DMC Hospital and the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, respectively.

Dr Roshan Lal, senior medical officer (SMO), Kapurthala, said the hospital is not facing any problem of equipments, the major problem is shortage of staff.

"The government can provide equipments, but who will run them if there is no staff in the hospital," he said. He said the serious dengue patients are being referred to the Jalandhar civil hospital as they have three SPD extraction machines while other patients are being getting treatment in their hospital.

"Entire staff has been strictly instructed that there should be no shortage of platelets as it is dengue season and the hospital has all the platelets," he added.

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