Patient Spike Pushes Karimnagar Hospital Into a Pavement Zone

Published: 11th September 2015 03:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2015 03:36 AM   |  A+A-

KARIMNAGAR: The spurt in viral fevers and cases of dengue is taking the toll on the Karimnagar district headquarters hospitals. The 350-bed hospital is unable to meet the rush of patients and patients are being forced to lie on the ground on mattresses or shared beds.

Patients suffering even from dengue were forced to sleep on mattresses on the floor.

Patients using folded beds in the veranda and sharing a single bed with another patient has become a common sight at the hospital.  When Express team visited the hospital on Thursday, many patients were seen lying on the ground using mattresses and getting treated.

While the bed strength of the hospital is 350, the number of in-patients is on the rise. Authorities are reportedly directing patients to private hospitals due to lack of facilities.

V Narsaiah, a patient from Mallapur, suffering from viral fever for the last one week, said: “I was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday night. An IV fluid and an injection was administered at the emergency room and later I was given a mattress to sleep on the floor.”

Similarly, children’s ward has also been filled with folded beds and there were three mattresses on the floor.

Vinay, a student from Kathalapur, who was admitted on Wednesday night, was forced to sleep on the floor.

“The doctors are saying that they would treat him only after shifting him to a bed,” his mother said.

A staff nurse said that 42 patients had been accommodated in the male general ward while the actual capacity of the ward is 28.

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