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News


Hospitals overcrowded with flue, Chikungunya patients

By Anurangi Singh and Vindya Amaranayake
Hospitals in Colombo are chock-a-block with patients suffering from a viral flue spreading in the city and the suburbs as well as from those suffering from suspected Chikungunya disease.
Patients with high fever and seeking to get admitted to hospital are being referred from one hospital to another due to overcrowding. In some hospitals these patients have been even accommodated in the intensive care units and the operation units until beds are found.
Nearly three hundred patients are currently being admitted at the National Hospital, Colombo diagnosed for high fever and suspected Chikungunya during the past few weeks.
Speaking to The Nation, the Deputy Director of the National Hospital, Dr. Rani Fernando said that currently an average of three hundred patients are in the hospital and nearly one hundred patients are daily admitted and discharged.
“We don’t encourage taking tests to diagnose whether it is Chikungunya or not because it’s very expensive, instead we treat them for the normal viral fever. Treating for the fever will suffice as these tests will not make any difference in the medication,” Dr Fernando said.
In the mean time, several leading private hospitals in Colombo are referring patients to other hospitals as they are overflowing with the increasing rush of fever patients. The Nation spoke to several private hospitals and they admitted that they have to turn down these patients due to lack of space.
“There are no beds available. We have no choice but to refer patients to other hospitals,” said the Chief Matron of one hospital.
This has been happening for the last few weeks as many were suffering from the spread of a viral flue. Most patients were admitted to the emergency services of these hospitals with complaints of high fever, periodical shivering and joint pain. However, doctors at emergency services prescribe only antibiotics. Since there is no chance that so many patients can be admitted to a hospital, it has been difficult to monitor the status of the patients. Therefore, it is not possible to conclude that this surge of illness is due to the spread of the suspected Chikungunya disease.