A DAY after the Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 ordered putting all planned surgeries on hold in view of the hospital recording a large number of fever patients, the hospital authorities have decided to start a fever clinic at the hospital from Tuesday. The hospital administration is also planning to start a round-the-clock helpline for the city residents.
A statement issued by the hospital administration said that the fever OPD would start functioning from Tuesday morning and it will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm in the new OPD block of the hospital. “The fever clinic will conduct examination, investigation and treatment of patients,” it said.
On Sunday, the hospital authorities also said that they would admit only trauma, accidental and other serious cases to the hospital. Subsequently, a meeting was held on Monday under the chairmanship of UT Health Director Dr Vanita Gupta and orders were issued.
“The planned surgeries will remain postponed till the situation is eased out. The laboratory services are available 24×7 for all patients, including fever cases,” the statement said.
Dr G Dewan, deputy medical superintendent, GMSH, said public shouldn’t panic in view of the high number of fever cases in the city. “The hospital is prepared and those suffering from fever should take only paracetamol till they are examined by doctors in the dispensaries or hospitals,” he said. “The hospital has all the facilities available to deal with the situation.”
The Monday statement stated that only patients suspected to be of dengue/chikungunya would be subject to special investigations.
Gupta on Sunday had said that the number of OPD patients with fever this year at the hospital was much higher as compared to the last year. The doctors also said that the reason for more viral fever cases was the change in climatic conditions in the city.
14 fresh cases
According to the health department, the city on Monday recorded 14 fresh dengue cases, taking the total number to 149. The chikungunya cases have already reached six so far. The health officials on Monday said that malaria cases too had reached 92. Earlier, the officials were saying that the number of malaria cases was only 31.
“Most of the dengue cases are reported from sectors 41, 42, 45, 15, Manimajra, Maloya and Mauli Jagran,” said the health statement. It added that fumigation was being done in the city to prevent the further spread of disease.