Doctors and staff at hospitals in Gurgaon are grappling with an increasing influx of patients coming into OPDs each day for the past month, most of them with symptoms associated with chikungunya and dengue.
Some hospitals have hired additional staff to deal with the situation, while others are managing by making the existing staff work extra hours.
At the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon, doctors said “400 to 500 patients” are coming in each day, most of them complaining of fever and joint pain. Only a few actually need to be admitted, but physicians and other staff are having a hard time ensuring everyone gets consultations quickly and efficiently.
“All our beds, including the paediatric ward, are occupied with patients who have some or the other kind of viral infections. We have been given 12 additional doctors to deal with the number of patients coming in each day and are also looking for more staff nurses,” said senior medical officer (SMO) Dr Pardeep Sharma.
Private hospitals have adopted similar measures. At Paras Hospital, the number of beds have been increased, and staff are working overtime. “We are getting around 160 patients each day. Around 80 per cent of them are coming with chikungunya-like symptoms, and 10 per cent with dengue-like symptoms,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Paras Hospital.
At Medanta Medicity, doctors said they were receiving “over 50 to 55 cases of suspected chikungunya and two to three cases of suspected dengue per day”. Nearly 20 per cent of these patients have to be admitted, they added. “We have been given an extra floor to ensure space for patients. Also, the doctors and staff are working overtime…” said Dr Sushila Kataria, Associate Director of Internal Medicine, Medanta-The Medicity.
Official records show 55 dengue cases have been confirmed in Gurgaon so far. Of these, 41 have been reported among Gurgaon residents. Two cases of chikungunya have been confirmed so far and the reason for the low official figure is it is not necessary for hospitals to report each case of chikungunya to the district health authorities, said officials.