Ghaziabad: Govt hospitals record high bed occupancy with rise in dengue cases

The increase in dengue cases, coupled with a high number of virus fever cases, has led to almost full occupancy in the two district hospitals in Ghaziabad. The occupancy rate is also very high in private hospitals, said experts. Officials from the district health department said they had directed hospitals to increase beds as needed.

According to official information from the district’s health department, 33 new dengue cases were reported on Friday, bringing the number to 747, of which 356 cases were reported in October alone (through Friday). The first dengue case was reported from the district on September 1st.

“The larger private hospitals in the city have almost 80-90% occupancy rates, while beds are available in other facilities. The reason for the higher occupancy is the increasing number of virus fever and dengue cases, in which the platelet count is falling significantly. The situation is expected to last a fortnight. We expect cases to decline, as has been the trend over the past few years, ”said Dr. Ashish Agarwal, past president of the Indian Medical Association, Ghaziabad.

Officials at the two district hospitals in Ghaziabad said almost all of their beds, which are reserved for patients with dengue and viral fever, are occupied.

“We have reserved 60 beds for dengue cases, malaria and viral fever and all of them are fully booked today. Apart from these beds, we have reserved 40 beds for the pediatric intensive care unit, the intensive care unit and the neonatal intensive care unit. If necessary, we can allocate these 40 beds for dengue and other patients, ”said Dr. Sanjay Teotia, Chief Medical Officer of the Sanjay Nagar Combined District Hospital.

“We have about 150 cases of viral fever. In our outpatient department, we receive patients with viral fever every day. The number (150) has not decreased, ”he added.

MMG District Hospital officials said nearly 90% of their beds are mostly occupied by dengue and viral fever patients.

“We have 166 beds in our hospital; About 90% of these are occupied by beds occupied by patients who have undergone various operations. The beds are mostly occupied by patients suffering from dengue fever and viral fever. On average, we receive around 200 patients with fever symptoms every day, ”said Dr. Anurag Bhargava, head physician at MMG District Hospital.

Officials from the district’s health department said they were closely monitoring the rise in the number of dengue and viral fever cases.

“As far as bed occupancy is concerned, some hospitals have high levels of occupancy, while beds are readily available in others. In fact, we have also asked the hospitals to increase the number of beds as needed. The cases of viral fever cannot be detected on a daily basis, but we have a number of dengue cases as they have to be reported by every hospital in the district, ”said Dr. Rakesh Gupta, District Commissioner.

The number of dengue cases is highest after 2014, when the district received 928 cases.

Official records show that on September 15, the district registered the first 100 cases in 15 days after the first case was reported on September 1. The next 100 cases were reported in nine days on September 24th. Dengue cases on September 30th.

The number of dengue cases broke the 400 mark on October 6, while the next 100 cases were reported over the next five days on October 11.

On October 16, the number rose to 600 within five days. The total number of dengue cases passed the 700 mark on October 21.

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