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UP: Viral fever outbreak kills 60 in Firozabad; hospitals run out of beds | Ground Report

The viral outbreak in western Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad has to date claimed the lives of 60 folks. The chief medical officer of Firozabad district, Dr Dinesh Kumar, stated as many as 60 folks have died, out of which 5 died as a result of dengue, whereas a loss of life audit is underway for the remaining.

As of September 15, as many as 458 sufferers had been admitted to the federal government hospital. The hospital has seen 207 new sufferers in the final 24 hours, of which 163 are contaminated with dengue.

Private hospitals are overburdened with sufferers, resulting in an unavailability of beds. This has prompted folks to take their relations to Agra for remedy. India Today TV visited one of the most important personal well being care services in Firozabad, Unity Hospital. The hospital has no beds accessible to confess new sufferers and attendants.


We met Kishore, who’s now carrying his youthful brother to Agra as his platelet rely has dropped drastically and he has been referred by Unity Hospital to Agra for remedy. Kishore stated, “My brother was down with fever and his platelet count dropped, there is no one in the dormant hospital to listen and a private hospital has referred him to Agra for treatment.”

Kishore will not be alone.

We met Ram Kishor Verma outdoors the Unity Hospital, whose grandson is admitted to the final ward and is present process remedy for fever. Ram Kishor stated, “My grandson had a fever on Friday night and we took him to local doctors. Since his platelet count dropped to 20000, we took him to a private hospital.”

Another attendant, Pintu Singh, stated his nephew was additionally contaminated and needed to be dropped at a non-public hospital after being denied a mattress in the federal government medical school. Pintu Singh informed India Today, “My nephew is 3 years old and his platelet count dropped and he was dengue positive, hence we had to bring him here. We did go to medical college but we were denied a bed.”

Several different locals narrated their ache and the issue in arranging fundamental well being services throughout this disaster. Locals additionally raised questions on the claims being made by the UP authorities and native administration, saying neither sanitisation is going on in their villages nor the distribution of medicines or any well being camps.

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The administrator of the Unity Hospital, Vikas Jain, stated his hospital is now absolutely occupied and there’s no vacant mattress left for any extra sufferers. This state of affairs has deteriorated in the previous few days and when there’s a extreme case of a drop in platelet rely, sufferers are referred to Agra.

We additionally visited the final ward of Unity Hospital the place the state of affairs didn’t look good. All the beds had been occupied by kids affected by excessive fever or dengue.

Roli Gupta stated his son had been unwell for the final 5 days after the platelet rely dropped, however now he’s recovering and thanked the medical doctors.

A health care provider on obligation in the ward, Dr Avinash, stated the state of affairs has turned susceptible in the previous few days and most of them are sufferers of dengue. Dr Avinash stated his two sufferers have died to date as a result of surge in the instances and nearly 10 per cent of them are being referred to since they do not have vacant beds. Dr Avinash stated that out of all of the instances, 80 per cent are of dengue. And now it’s turning into more and more tough to rearrange platelets, he stated.

The personal hospitals flooded with sufferers have now made makeshift preparations. Due to unavailability of beds, benches have been changed into beds contained in the ward to confess sufferers.

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At Firozabad Medical College, which has been the epicenter of this disaster, we met the household of Taufik, who was admitted to this authorities hospital as a result of viral fever. Taufik’s father informed India Today that his son is now being referred to Agra for remedy. We interviewed and met the officers in the hospital.

Authorities known as his father contained in the ward and later they stated that his son wouldn’t be referred to however could be handled there solely. It introduced no less than a second of satisfaction when India Today informed Taufik’s household that they’d not must take their son to Agra for remedy as he could be handled at Firozabad Medical College solely.

Despite the disaster in Firozabad, principal of Medical College, Dr Sangeeta Aneja, says the state of affairs deteriorated as a result of of the panic that was unfold. She stated that this time there was a panic which has elevated our workload.

Dr Sangeeta stated, “We have 540 beds and we have to keep 50 to 70 vacant for an emergency, but most people come here to admit their patients even when there is no serious case.” As per the Medical College principal, 13 sufferers died right here in this hospital, of which eight died as a result of dengue.

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