Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: With over 50 new dengue patients registered in the past 24 hours, the total number of confirmed cases in the capital has reached 957. With one woman, Sato Devi (35), dying in the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the death toll has gone up to 23.

AIIMS Medical Superintendent D.K. Sharma said: "Forty one dengue patients were admitted in the last 24 hours; of them two are from the campus. Currently, 173 patients are undergoing treatment. As many as 850 cases were screened in the last 24 hours."

Director holds meeting

Earlier in the day, AIIMS Director P. Venugopal held a meeting with the heads of departments. It was decided to deploy an additional 100 resident doctors two from each department and 50 faculty members for emergency duty.

"Fifty interns have been recalled from various departments for patient care duties. Also, medical social service officers have been recalled to the central pool for deployment. An entire floor of the new private ward has been turned into an emergency ward. Additional machines have been pressed into service to carry out platelet tests, taking the number of such devices used here to six," Dr. Sharma said.

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