The high bed occupancy in Niloufer Hospital has come back into focus after Akbaruddin Owaisi, the chairman of the AIMIM group, raised the issue during the current general assembly on Monday.
In these columns it was published in mid-September that the 1,400-bed hospital is almost at full capacity. The situation remains unchanged, as almost 90% of the beds (1,250 of 1,400) were occupied on Monday. According to doctors, 250 of the 1,400 beds are intended for pregnant women.
“The rest are cots (for children). It’s not just dengue patients. As Niloufer is a tertiary care hospital, children with serious illnesses and those who need immediate medical care are admitted here. In addition, parents choose the health facility even if their children get the flu. You will see a child with viral fever right next to another child who has a serious illness, ”said a senior doctor.
Other doctors said bed occupancy increases during the monsoons due to the increase in respiratory illnesses, seasonal illnesses and viral fevers.
“The situation will ease in the coming days as the monsoons come to an end. The construction of a prefabricated building began on the old building. When the work is completed, around 400 more beds will be added, ”said the hospital’s administrative officials.
Mr. Owaisi has requested a visit to Niloufer Hospital and Fever Hospital in Nallakunta, to which Minister T. Hairsh Rao has agreed. Senior health officials were instructed to check the hospitals.
Doctors at Niloufer Hospital hoped the visits would help improve the health facility. “The old hospital building needs to be repaired. I hope it gets fixed, ”said another doctor.
K. Shankar, superintendent of the fever hospital, said only about 100 of the hospital’s 330 beds were occupied. “The number of outpatients is 800 to 1,000 a day, and about 500 of them have viral fever. As for dengue intake, we take patients in based on the severity of the disease, ”said Dr. Shankar.