Indian government has directed hospitals in New Delhi to use beds reserved for Coronavirus patients as the hospitals have continually witnessed a steady flow of dengue patients in recent weeks.
It was gathered that at least 9 people have reportedly died of the disease, the highest of such fatalities in the city this year since 2017 when the official death count hit 10.
Nearly 1,170 dengue cases were reported over the past week in New Delhi as the country faces yet another health crisis.
One of the patients simply known as Mandal is among the nearly 1,170 cases of dengue fever reported over the past week in New Delhi as India battles yet another health crisis amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was reported that Mandal’s blood platelet count has dropped to an alarming 8,000 after he developed severe chills and high fever and was diagnosed with dengue, with his family fearing his condition might worsen further.
A total of 2,708 cases have been reported in the city so far this year.
To fight his fever, Mandal needs to maintain an optimum platelet count that necessitates regular blood transfusion.
He said “I am very scared. I don’t know what to do.”
“His platelet count is decreasing and I have been asked by doctors to arrange a donor,” Mandal’s mother Puja said.
LNJP Hospital authorities told newsmen they are seeing approximately 100 patients with high fever every day and most of them tested positive for dengue.
“The number of COVID patients has decreased tremendously and we only have a few patients but now we are getting dengue patients,” said Dr Ritu Saxena, the hospital’s Deputy Medical Superintendent.