With dengue cases pouring in from different parts of the State, the district administration on Friday asked the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) authorities to ensure that there is no disruption in treatment and diagnostic services for the patients during the puja holidays.
Five days of holidays commencing from Sunday till October 25 have raised concerns over availability of doctors and provisioning of other services in the hospital. Taking these into consideration, the administration on Friday asked the authorities to make adequate provisions of doctors at the special dengue ward besides ensuring functioning of the testing laboratory during the holidays.
Collector Girish SN, Mayor Soumendra Ghosh and High Court appointed Advocates’ Committee comprising Amicus Curiae PR Das, Tarananda Patnaik and Dr PK Pradhan visited the dengue ward in the Trauma Care centre to take stock of the situation. While there are about 39 patients in the ward, seven were admitted on Friday.
The spurt in dengue cases in recent days has also added to the worries of the administration as lakhs of people from across the State would converge in the Millennium City over the next week to take part in the Durga Puja festivities. While there is a possibility of a swell in cases, the administration has also asked the hospital to be ready to expand its capacities to shoulder the load.
The second floor of the Trauma Care centre is being used a dengue ward. If required, the third floor can also be made up for the purpose, Amicus Curiae PR Das said.
Collector Girish SN also announced that supply of blood to needy dengue patients admitted to the SCBMCH would be free of charges. “We have asked the Central Red Cross Blood Bank to not take any charges for blood to dengue patients. The money would be reimbursed from the District Red Cross Funds,” he said.