Mysureans struck by dengue fever
MYSURU: Hospitals in Mysuru have b een flooded with people who feel they’re suffering from dengue fever. Their relatives are pressurizing doctors to admit ailing family member and this has resulted in lack of beds at popular hospitals across the city.
When parents of Varun, a 17-year-old pre-university course student suffering from fever with platelet count dropping close to 30,000, visited a popular hospital in Kuvempunagar, they offered condition-based admission saying the patient’s family has to arrange for blood and platelets, said Rajesh Talakad, the patient’s uncle.
Later, they rushed to Apollo Hospital where they were sixth in the waiting list on Friday. Rajesh claimed as Varun’s condition was worsening, they couldn’t wait longer. “We also enquired with JSS hospital but didn’t get a positive response for admission. Later, we admitted him to Narayana Hrudayalaya after our family physician intervened.”
He added, “Varun’s platelet was down to 25,000 by the evening. The count touched 30,000 mark after platelet transfusion. He is still at Narayana Hrudayalaya.”
Though there is a national guideline that transfusion must be done only if a person’s platelet count is less than 10,000, and the patient has active bleeding, panic has gripped residents in Mysuru.
Apollo Hospital’s Bhartheesh Reddy said the number of patients with fever coming to the hospital has almost doubled from 20 to 40 in the past few days. “We have adequate beds but people are confusing the waiting list as lack of beds. Waiting means an in-patient is getting discharged and then, the next patient is admitted. The process could take four hours.”
JSS’s hospital chief administrative officer Basavaraj Kuppasad said people looks are panicking about dengue fever. “We’re receiving nearly 60 out-patients daily but only less than five persons are showing symptoms of dengue. We have adequate beds for admission in the hospital which has about 150 ICU beds,” he said.