Over 2,500 patients admitted in 24 hrs for suspected dengue
The MCDs also confirmed of admitting over 600 patients in two of their hospitals-Hindu Rao and Kasturba and confirmed over 125 positive cases during the same period. With reports of two more deaths, suspected to be caused by dengue, in the national Capital, the toll was pushed to 18. The number of positive cases of dengue was reported to have touched 2,500 in the city till Thursday. However, lack of beds, ELISA antigen test kits, and medical practitioners are other concerns for the government.
Parents of three-and-half years old Neha Mathur alleged that their daughter died on Wednesday due to dengue. But two city hospitals did not recommend dengue tests for their girl, they added. Nine-year-old Sabreena Fatima died due to dengue at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Thursday, said a hospital source. She was brought to the hospital from Abul Fazal Enclave in South Delhi.
Voicing his concern, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said resources would not be a constraint in fighting the disease.
“Whatever money and forces are needed will be provided in case of any shortage,” he said in a review meeting on dengue at the Delhi Secretariat. However, the government has announced 1,000 additional beds for allocating extra patients in the government hospitals in Delhi-NCR areas. The government on Thursday opened the 200-bedded Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital in Ashok Vihar for treating dengue patients. “Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital at Ashok Vihar opened for dengue/fever patients. More fever clinics have been started to check the patients,” informed Health minister Satyendra Jain.
Jain also convened a meeting with the Commissioners of all the three Corporations, District Magistrates, Divisional Commissioner and New Delhi Municipal Corporation officials where he instructed all officers to submit to him reports by 3 pm daily. Taking cognizance of the complaints that fogging has not been done in many areas, the minister directed all Municipal Commissioners to start fogging in every area of the city and monitor it properly.
“Monitoring of fogging should be done properly. It should be ensured that fogging is being done in every area of the city. Inform me if you face any problem including fund crunch. We will take every possible step to do away with all problems in fighting dengue,” he said. The minister, too, met Mayors of all three Corporations asking them to make all efforts to control the disease.
Earlier on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with the health officials and issued an order which stated that the hospitals denying admission to the patients will have to face cancellation of their licences. Since more than 2,500 cases have been reported in the Capital alone this year, the government is facing the ire of the citizens over the mismanagement of the situation.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that the current virus type is “less fatal” compared to the one in 2013 and has appealed to people not to panic or demand hospital admission unless it is urgent. “There is no need of platelets transfusion unless a patient has active bleed and count of less than 10,000,” said a senior official.