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City Hospitals in Top Gear to Fight Vector-Borne Diseases

In the backdrop of rising number of cases of vector borne diseases, hospitals in national capital have started preparations to tackle the menace with some hospitals ensuring single window facility for the entire requirements of the patients of vector borne diseases. Concerned over the issue, hospitals in the city have already started fever clinic and other related facilities such as increasing bed to carter the need of the patients. Dr Rajendra Sharma, Medical Superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital said “We have established a fever clinic where patients are being treated every day. We are all geared up and if more patients come, facilities will be increased.” Dr Sunil Kumar, Medical superintendent Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital said that as the cases are increasing, the hospital administration has made arrangements for extra manpower to provide proper care. “Also, we are planning to set up fever clinics to treat patients of vector borne diseases on daily basis”, he said.

Further, two big hospitals Hindu Rao Hospital and Kasturba Hospital, run by North Delhi municipal corporation (NMC) are offering single window facility to the patients of vector borne diseases. Dr Suman Mendiratta, Medical Superintendent of Hindu Rao Hospital said that the hospital administration has already kept 140 beds separately for the patient suffering from malaria, chikungunya and dengue. “The hospital has also been equipped with required facilities such as medicine counter and a separate lab to provide facilities without any delay,” she said. Veena Virmani, the Chairperson of Standing Committee of NMC on Friday also visited and directed the officials to immediately release funds for maintenance and repair work of the hospital building. She also directed officials to procure platelet a platelet separating machine for the benefit of patients suffering from dengue. Similarly, a senior NMC official said that the blood banks at the fever clinics are prepared to deal with the immediate requirements. Further, enough manpower with new and updated pieces of equipment will also be deploying for better assistance, he said. “The hospitals would soon have a helpdesk in each block to facilitate patients and their relatives with right directions and assistance. Besides, a waiting area and visitors’ room with sufficient number of benches and fans will also be facilitated for the convenience of patients and their relatives,” he said.

The official further said that the blood bank in charge will be held responsible in case of any shortage. “Emergency lab services will also be set up very soon to provide round the clock by providing adequate staff providing all resources and developing a fast system of delivering patient reports,” he said. He further said that both the hospitals have been instructed to take extra precaution in dealing with the cases. “The health department has been educating patients and their relatives on the symptoms and how to prevent the disease,” he said. A senior doctor of Kasturba hospital said that all patients of dengue have been kept within mosquito nets to break the cycle of spread. “A coordination committee has also been set up to discuss the progress,” he said. Dengue and chikungunya are caused by Aedes agypti mosquito, which breeds in clear water. Anopheles mosquito, which causes malaria, can breed in both fresh and muddy water. The total number of malaria cases has reached to 148 in the city. On the other hand, the total number of people affected by chikungunya reached 57 While figure for dengue stands at 90, according to a data released by municipal corporations. – Daily Pioneer