Blame game begins with rise in dengue cases
A total of 1,872 cases of dengue <g data-gr-id="32">have</g> been recorded this year against 55 and 466 in the last two years, respectively. According to the data provided by the MCDs, a total of five patients <g data-gr-id="37">have</g> succumbed to the disease till <g data-gr-id="38">end</g> of the week.
While the statistics <g data-gr-id="35">makes</g> one sit up, what is even worse is that the MCDs have passed the buck on to the Delhi government, alleging that the former has reduced the budget for health up to 30 per cent in comparison to the last year.
The Corporation mayors, while talking about the preparedness to control the disease, claimed that without the cooperation of the city government it is not possible to handle the situation.
“With the situation worsening, the need of the hour is to work together in order to tackle the problem. There is no initiative from the government’s side. What is worse is that the Corporations’ allocation on health has been reduced by the government,” said Ravinder Gupta, Mayor of North MCD.
Gupta also said that over the last three years, the funds under the health sector have been slashed by the Delhi government. For the year 2013-14, out of total Rs 146 crore, only Rs 118.50 crore was released. For the year 2014-15, out of Rs 157 crore, only Rs 124 crore was released. For this financial year, out of Rs 117 crore, only Rs 29 crore has been released so far.
The three Corporations, in-charge of ensuring treatment of dengue patients in their hospitals, have claimed that there is a deluge of patients in the hospitals which has resulted in acute shortage of beds for patients.
The Hindu Rao Hospital alone witnessed admission of 758 patients during the night hours of Sunday and a total of 1,322 cases have been admitted so far.
The citizens are so gripped in the fear of the vector-borne disease that even a minor fever is making them rush to the nearest hospital to get a test done. This has led to a serious crunch of beds in five major hospitals including Hindu Rao and Kasturba hospitals.
“The MCD hospitals have limited capacity but after a sudden spurt in the number of cases, we have decided to add 480 beds within one or two days. Additionally, we have also been running free fever clinics to handle the things efficiently,” said VK Seth, Director (Health Administration) of the North Corporation.
Dengue cases rise nearly to 200 in <g data-gr-id="102">Ggn</g>
The number of people suffering from dengue fever in Gurgaon has risen to around 200, health authorities said on Monday. “In our knowledge, the number of dengue patients in the city is 196. Only 13 such patients were admitted to the civil hospital...,” the hospital’s chief medical officer Pushpa Bishnoi said. Samples of around 680 suspected dengue patients were tested in the last one month at the civil hospital. Officials said over 2,000 suspected dengue patients were being treated at various private hospitals, while three people have died due to the viral disease. A 16-year-old boy, a resident of Farukhnagar near Gurgaon, died last month at a private <g data-gr-id="104">hospital,</g> while a woman from Delhi and a man also succumbed to the disease in private hospitals.