Viral outbreak: Patients swamp YCMH

Tanaji Khot
Thursday, 20 July 2017

When contacted, YCMH Medical Superintendent Dr Manoj Deshmukh said, “Since the flow of patient to the hospital has increased in the last two-three days, we are sending some patients to Sassoon Hospital in Pune."

PIMPRI: The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) is flooded with patients following a sudden outbreak of viral infections. Most of the patients complain of diarrhoea, fever with shivering, dengue and other viral infections. A large number of people showing flu-like symptoms are approaching the YCMH due to the swine flu pandemic. 

The YCMH is the only health-care provider for the poor people in the city. Since treatment in this hospital is affordable, a large number of people with viral infections visit the hospital every day. However, the number of patients coming to the hospital has increased drastically in the last two-three days. The hospital has a capacity of 750 beds. However, over 800 patients were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.

When contacted, YCMH Medical Superintendent Dr Manoj Deshmukh said, “Since the flow of patient to the hospital has increased in the last two-three days, we are sending some patients to Sassoon Hospital in Pune. Since other PCMC hospitals are also facing staff crunch, it is not possible to send them all to other dispensaries of the PCMC. Some people are given discharge early so that serious patients can be accommodated. Over 450 patients are attended to in the YCMH OPD daily these days. The emergency department also does not have any vacant bed. Therefore, the hospital staff is asking two patients to share a bed.” Many dengue patients have been admitted to the hospital in last two-three days. The exact number of dengue patients in the YCMH will be ascertained in two-three days. 

OVERFLOW OF PATIENTS
- YCMH is the only health-care provider for the poor people in Pimpri Chinchwad.
- It has a capacity of 750 beds. However, over 800 patients were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.

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