Jamshedpur, Aug. 18 : Vector-borne diseases have gripped the city so much so that the footfall of patients at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital and Tata Main Hospital is increasing with every passing day.
Fearing that the situation might get worse, the hospital authorities are bracing themselves to tackle the problem.
Patients suffering from diseases like malaria, dengue, are reporting in large numbers at the hospital and the medical centres have fallen short of beds.
According to an estimate about 870 patients are being treated of dengue. At Tata Main Hospital about 243 patients have been admitted while at Tata Motors Hospital 141, Tinplate Hospital 82, MGM Medical College Hospital 57 patients, Sadar Hospital 49, Medica Hospital 87, ESI Hospital 61 and Nursing Home 150 patients are being treated of dengue.
The authorities fear if the number continues to grow, it will become difficult to accommodate all the patients in the hospital ward. “As of now, we are not facing a crisis situation like 2011, but in case the number of patients continues to rise, we might confront the same fate,” said MGM hospital official.
In 2011, the hospital had to arrange makeshift tents in the hospital campus to accommodate abnormal footfall of the viral fever patients. Moreover, the district administration had to take help from Rapid Action Force (RAP) personnel to assist the hospital in dealing with the situation.
The RAP had also erected makeshift tents, each tent comprising four beds, to accommodate the patients at MGM hospital in 2011.
The district health steering committee constituted recently to carry out effective sanitation drive in the malaria-prone slums during the ongoing monsoon is yet to pick up pace, said sources at the district civil surgeon’s office.
Meanwhile, district civil surgeon, Kalicharan Munda claimed that though cases of dengue are being reported from the hospitals, the situation is not at all alarming.
“We have started carrying out anti-larval operation and spraying of DDT at the areas from where the suspected cases of dengue are being reported.
We will intensify the drive of dengue action plan shortly so that the mosquito breeding points across the city can be destroyed at the earliest,” said Munda.