New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Sunday visited several government hospitals and issued directions to doctors there about handling vector-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya.
Jung visited fever wards and clinics at Lok Nayak, Bara Hindu Rao and GTB hospitals to oversee the arrangements there for handling the rush of patients.
He also interacted with the Medical Superintendents, doctors, patients, staff and other visitors to know first-hand the problems they faced.
J.S. Passey, Medical Superintendent (MS) at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, told the L-G that 76 of the 200 beds earmarked for chikungunya and dengue patients were occupied.
Apart from one death last month, there had been no fatality due to these diseases, he said adding that chikungunya patients did not always require hospitalisation.
Passey said a dedicated fever clinic with sufficient testing kits was functioning at LNJP Hospital and test results were made available within an hour.
Coming across a number of elderly patients at these three hospitals, Jung directed authorities to ensure that patients with complications, particularly the elderly, should be attended to with utmost care and on a priority basis.
At Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, Jung visited its fever clinic where five doctors were on duty.
Bara Hindu Rao Hospital Medical Superintendent Ajit Goel told Jung that the round-the-clock fever clinic was getting approximately 1,000 patients daily, and at present had 163 patients of chikungunya, 72 of malaria and 50 of dengue admitted.
GTB Hospital Additional Medical Superintendent Vinaik Parwal told the L-G that 788 adult and 148 child patients were attended to the hospital in the last 24 hours and 117 units of blood transfused to patients suffering from dengue, chikungunya and malaria.
Jung directed the Secretary (Health and Welfare) to provide more doctors to hospitals, if needed.
The Lt. Governor stressed on ensuring better standards of cleanliness at the hospitals.