NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has issued an advisory to three surveillance hospitals – Hindu Rao, Kasturba and Swami Dayanand – to increase the number of beds for dengue and malaria patients if occupancy in dedicated wards reaches 80%.
The move comes in the wake of a rise in dengue cases and Delhi government’s directive to reserve beds for such patients.
Officials said Hindu Rao hospital has 70 dedicated beds, Kasturba 75 and Swami Dayanand 25. So far this year, 300 dengue and suspected cases have been reported from these hospitals.
“The arrangements for dedicated beds were made much before cases started rising in late September. Of the 170 beds, eight are occupied in Kasturba, 36 occupied in Hindu Rao and four occupied in Swami Dayanand,” said an official.
MCD’s hospital administration said it had arranged a 24×7 testing lab, fever clinics and blood bank facilities at the three facilities. It has also called an inter-sectoral meeting with representatives of various departments to discuss the perennial issues that require immediate attention to check vector-borne diseases. These include inaccessible overhead tanks in CPWD, DDA and other government colonies that can lead to mosquito breeding, violations at major construction sites, timely disposal of solid waste to avoid water collection in plastic material and desilting of water bodies/drains.
“Our teams found major violations at PWD and CPWD construction sites. It was also highlighted at the meeting that 4,700 overhead tanks in government colonies are not accessible through stairs and can’t be cleaned,” said an official.
“All stakeholders had submitted action plans in Delhi HC about measures adopted to control vector-borne diseases. We have advised department representatives to implement these properly and take our help, if required,” said an official.