AFTER VISITING fever clinics and hospitals in the city Sunday, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has asked for updates on the status of chikungunya, dengue and malaria cases in the capital and said senior government officials must keep a close watch on the “surge” in the number of cases.
Jung directed the Delhi health secretary to provide additional doctors if required. He said though the hospital is hard-pressed at the moment, it must ensure that better standards of cleanliness are maintained.
He directed doctors to take particular care of vulnerable patients such as children and senior citizens. Jung was accompanied by Delhi government officials, including health secretary Chandrakar Bharti and officers of the LG’s secretariat.
A statement issued by the LG office said Jung first visited Lok Nayak Hospital where of the 200 beds dedicated to chikungunya and dengue patients, 76 were occupied. Lok Nayak hospital is running a dedicated fever clinic with testing facilities.
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According to the statement, doctors at the fever clinics said an average of 700 patients come to the hospital every day. The LG also visited the MCD-run Bara Hindu Rao Hospital where North MCD Commissioner P K Gupta was also present.
The hospital’s fever clinic is operating as a one-stop centre for all patients with laboratory tests being conducted in the clinic. Doctors said they are getting an average of 1,000 patients per day.