Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

While dengue cases are rising alarmingly across Odisha, the capital city Bhubaneswar is emerging as the hotspot of this vector-borne disease. However, the special healthcare facilities made at the Capital Hospital for the treatment of dengue patients seem to be ineffective.

Considering the surge in dengue cases, Odisha Health Department had stated that special arrangements have been made at the Capital Hospital to provide smooth treatment to the patients. However, many patients have alleged that no such arrangements have been made at the hospital and nothing has been streamlined in sharp contrast to the claims made by the department.

As per reports, a huge rush of people is being witnessed at the hospital every day for dengue tests. Though some people have been waiting in long queues for the test from 6 am, their turn couldn’t come up till noon on Tuesday. Even some women fell unconscious while waiting for their turn for long hours in the sweltering heat. Most of the people who have come for the test are suffering from fever and they are suspected to be affected by dengue.

“I have been waiting here since 7 am for a dengue test. However, the test is yet to be conducted. Patients have to wait in long queues the whole day as there are only two counters for all kinds of tests at the medical. Patients have to suffer a lot because of the mismanagement. I request the administration to make necessary arrangements at the Capital Hospital for the smooth treatment of the patients,” said a patient.

Keeping in view the rising cases of dengue this year, the government has decided to open four dengue wards at different Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Bhubaneswar.

According to State Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra, dengue cases may rise further for the next one and a half months considering the prevailing rainy season.

As per reports, Bhubaneswar has witnessed a 50 per cent spurt in dengue cases in comparison to the last year. While Odisha has so far reported a total of 2,426 dengue cases, as many as 1,059 positive cases among those have been reported from Bhubaneswar alone.

The reaction of the Capital Hospital authorities on the allegations of the patients could not be obtained.