The year gone by saw surfacing of Japanese Encephalitis in the capital for the first time and presence of the deadly superbug NDM1 in several leading city hospitals,causing concern to health officials.
Delhi Health Minister A K Walia ordered a quick screening of 100 swines in the city to ascertain the spread of Japanese Encephalitis here after some blood samples collected from these animals tested positive for the virus.
Dengue was also another cause of concern though cases registered in 2011 in different hospitals was much less compared to the record count of over 6,000 cases in year.
The government also admitted to the presence of NDM1 in the ICUs of leading hospitals like RML Hospital,Lady Harding Hospital,CNBC and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. NDMI virus develops immunity in a patient to the use of antibiotics.
The country’s premier hospital AIIMS was in the headlines after it was found that the Cardiovascular and Neuro Sciences Centre,which houses the VVIP ward,is among five hospital buildings that do not have the no-objection certificate from the Delhi Fire Services.
VVIPs who visited AIIMS to undergo treatment for different reasons included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav,former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and former Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh.
Also for the first time in the history of AIIMS,the administration invited Sonia Gandhi to award degrees to students at its 39th Convocation. Since its inception,the Union Health Minister is invited as the chief guest at the convocation. In the minister’s absence,the Prime Minister,the President or the Vice President is invited.
Even after over three years of treatment,Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi showed no signs of recovery and the Apollo Hospital where is undergoing treatment wanted him to go home.