With the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 recording a large number of fever patients, the hospital authorities on Sunday decided to put all planned surgeries on hold. The hospital administration has decided to admit only trauma, accidental and other serious cases to the hospital.
“We have increased the staff and have decided to put planned surgeries on hold in view of the rush of fever patients,” Dr G Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH, Sector 16, told Chandigarh Newsline. “The steps have been taken in view of the situation arising because of more fever patients’ arrival at the hospital.” He said that several wards were being reorganised in view of the situation. “We have also issued directions that physicians on each floor will take a round to see the fever patients,” said Dr Dewan.
Sources said the hospital administration had issued directions to ensure adequate stock of medicines in emergency and medicine wards. “The nursing superintendent has been asked to monitor and supervise treatment in all the wards,” said an official, adding that the emergency ward of the hospital was occupied with the fever patients, including dengue and chikungunya.
“The number of OPD patients with fever this year at the hospital is much higher than last year,” said UT health director Dr Vanita Gupta. “Due to climatic conditions this year, cases of viral fever are more as compared to last year,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT health department. “However, every fever case is not dengue or chikungunya.”
The city on Sunday recorded seven fresh dengue cases, taking the total number to 135. The chikungunya cases have already reached six so far. According to the health officials, the number of dengue cases this year is less as compared to last year when the city witnessed a massive spike in the dengue cases with the number reaching 985, the highest since 2011. The number of malaria cases is 31 so far.
A statement issued by the health department said nine cases of dengue were reported from various health institutions: seven fresh cases and two probable which got confirmed. “We have issued 53 notices against the violators,” said a health official.