Delhi hospitals ramp up steps with spike in dengue cases

Officials said on Wednesday said that seventeen confirmed and 55 suspected cases of dengue have been reported till Tuesday at the LNJP Hospital.

Published: 21st October 2021 09:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st October 2021 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Amid a steady spike in dengue cases in the national capital, state-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and other government and private facilities have augmented arrangements to attend rising number of patients.

Seventeen confirmed and 55 suspected cases of dengue have been reported till Tuesday at the LNJP Hospital, officials said on Wednesday. "As cases have spiked, we have made arrangements to attend to dengue patients. Mild and suspected cases are being kept in the fever ward on the third floor of the Emergency Block at the hospital, while patients in serious conditions are kept in medicine ward," a senior doctor said.

A 1500-bed facility at the hospital has served as the nerve centre of the city's fight against the COVID pandemic and a 500-bed additional facility was set up at Ramlila Maidan during the second wave.  Asked if cases of dengue and COVID could lead to complications in managing patients, the doctor said, "Yes, both have similar symptoms of high fever, fatigue and weakness but dengue patients, confirmed or suspected, will generally not exhibit respiratory issues as in Covid, so it can be distinguished. "

The national capital has seen a surge in dengue cases in the last two weeks. According to a civic report on vector-borne disease, one death and a total of 723 dengue cases have been  recorded this season till October 16. 

Surge in the numbers

  • 17 confirmed 

  • 55 suspected cases reported till Tuesday at the LNJP Hospital

  • 1,500 bed facility at LNJP hospital

  • 500 additional bed facility set up at Ramlila Maidan

  • 723 dengue cases recorded this season till Oct 16

  • 382 reported this month, amounts to nearly 52 per cent of total cases

  • 1,072 cases logged in 2020


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