On a daily basis, over 100 children are admitted in the Niloufer Hospital and over 1,000 patients get treatment in the out-patient wing, but they are now forced to visit private hospitals

Boycott of medical duties by medicos in government hospitals, including Niloufer Hospital has left patients and their attendants high and dry. With intermittent rains and overcast conditions prevailing here, the number of children getting admitted to the hospital is on the rise.

Be it the neo-natal general ward or the NICU, every ward in the hospital is filled to the brim, which has made it tough for the hospital authorities to handle the crisis arising out of the medicos strike. Though, they claim to have made elaborate arrangements to avoid inconvenience, patients point out that they are made to wait for long hours for treatment.

“My son was born on July 23. He has jaundice and heart problems and doctors here advised me to get some tests done at OGH. Since last four days, I made several rounds to the hospital but was unable to get the tests done due to the strike,” B. Ganesh, a resident of Hussaini Alam, is furious.

On a daily basis, over 100 children from across the State get admitted to the hospital and over 1,000 patients get treatment in the out-patient wing. Patients and their relatives charge that the medical services have taken a beating in the last few days. “Many bring their children in critical condition here, but due to the strike, most of them are now forced to visit private hospitals”, a ward attendant says.

Senior doctors explain that the current overcast conditions have led to many upper respiratory tract infections among the infants. “We are getting large number of acute cases of pneumonia with lung infections. They usually are referred to us from private hospitals. We are doing our best to manage the situation,” hospital doctors maintained.

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