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Odisha Dengue Update: Authorities overwhelmed by number of patients

The dengue menace is back in Odisha with hospitals finding it troublesome to keep pace due to a scarcity of amenities and treatment. The dengue ward in SCB Medical College and Hospitals is overflowing with at least 65 patients undergoing treatment in the 25-bed ward.

'The condition is deplorable here. Patients are undergoing treatment on the floor and the hospital authorities have not even bothered to provide mosquito nets,' said S K Mohanty, attendant of a patient. Over a 1000 patients have been affected by the disease so far and the authorities aren't prepared to deal with the situations.

Doctors also conceded to the shortage of infrastructure at the hospital. 'The number of doctors and paramedic staff is very less in comparison to the number of patients pouring in. There is an immediate need to recruit more doctors in the ward to manage the patients,' said a doctor at the hospital.

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Meanwhile, hospital authorities have decided to open one more ward for dengue patients. 'The number of dengue patients is rising with each passing day. We are planning to open one more dengue ward to accommodate the patients,' said Dr B N Moharana, emergency officer of the hospital.

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