Pvt hospitals cancel surgeries, increase number of beds to fight rising dengue fever cases in Delhi, doctors say
New Delhi [India], Oct. 31 (ANI): With the increase in dengue cases in Delhi, private hospitals are increasing the number of beds or canceling planned surgeries to accommodate dengue patients.
With the growing number of dengue cases surpassing the 1,000 mark in recent days, Delhi’s government and private hospitals have increased the number of beds and other medical facilities. As cases of COVID-19 declined in Delhi, the increase in dengue cases has been a headache for healthcare workers.
In the past few days, doctors treating dengue patients have witnessed cases of liver or organ dysfunction in the patients, most of the cases from neighboring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Health experts have also claimed that the age group between 10 and 45 is affected by dengue.
Speaking to ANI, Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior internal medicine consultant at Apollo Hospital, said: “This time we have witnessed a significant number of cases of dengue. We have witnessed cases of liver dysfunction and a significant drop in platelets. “To increase even a single bed, we need government permission. So instead of increasing the number of beds, we had to cut back on the surgeries planned to accommodate dengue patients,” added Dr. Chatterjee.
Dr Parinita Kaur, Internal Medicine Consultant, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, told ANI: “We have increased the number of beds in our hospital following the current dengue outbreak. Our hospital beds are full of dengue patients. less than 50,000 and many platelet transfusions are performed. We are also seeing many cases of hepatic and multi-organ dysfunction. 650 cases are recorded for the month of October alone.
The vector-borne disease made its first death in September in Delhi where a 35-year-old woman died.
According to a recent civic report from SDMC, 1,006 cases of Dengue have been reported in Delhi while 154 cases of malaria and 73 cases of Chikungunya have been reported in Delhi.
This year, dengue fever, brush typhus and leptospirosis have caused more than 45 deaths, most of them children in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)