With heavy showers on Monday, the Delhi government ordered hospitals to have dedicated wards to treat patients with viral fevers, including dengue. Many hospitals, which have disaster wards, convert those into fever or dengue wards during the monsoon.
“During the post-monsoon season, existing beds just cannot keep up in both general medicine and paediatric wards. So at our hospital, we open the disaster ward and designate it as fever ward to accommodate dengue patients,” a senior official at the Lok Nayak hospital said.
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Hospitals have also been directed to strengthen their laboratories for diagnosis of vector-borne diseases. ELISA readers and testing equipment in labs have to be kept ready. Till the central procurement agency of the government starts procuring ELISA antigen tests to diagnose dengue, hospitals have been directed to make their own purchases of kits. Hospitals have also been asked to form surveillance committees to check mosquito breeding within hospitals.