Heavy flow of patients for screening at govt hospitals

panic-striken People waiting for H1N1 Flu check up at he Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases in Bangalore on  Sunday. DH photo

Doctors at RGICD had to vacate a surgical ventilator to accomodate this patient into the ICU.  The patient came with severe repiratory problem and breathlessness. Her swab was collected and sent to NIMHANS for test.

RGICD saw heavy flow of patients on Sunday, Anbu who visited the Institute said that only one registration counter was working.  "People were waiting for hours together in the queue, they got restless and started shouting at the doctors", he said.

Meanwhile, over 100 throat swabs were collected in Victoria Hospital and sent to NIMHANS from Saturday to Sunday morning. According to the doctors at the Hospital, about 170 people were screened till evening. "We will send all the swabs collected after 2 pm along with Monday morning's swabs to NIMHANS," said a doctor at the Hospital. He added that many children were screened amongst the crowd and nearly 60 per cent of the samples come under Category A.

Meanwhile, two suspected cases have been admitted in the Hospital. An 8-year-old girl, who was on dialysis at St John's Hospital (Deccan Herald reported about her on August 15), was shifted to Victoria Hospital on Sunday.

She is in ICU and is quite ill, said the doctors.

The other woman, who is in her early 20s is doing well, however, reports are awaited on Monday.     

Health Commissioner Srinivasachari said that RGICD and Victoria are having heavy flow of patients coming in for screening, “Patients  can go to many other Government Hospitals like Jayanagar General Hospital, KC General Hospital, Indiranagar General Hospital and Yelahanka Government hospital for screening purpose”, said the Commissioner.

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