Shortage of Beds:Chennai Hospitals
The off and on rains with the upcoming monsoons is a time when chances of infection are high. Seasonal flu, dengue and respiratory illness are very prevalent at this time of the year. Also, hospitals see a rise in admissions with sick children, many of whom are in intensive care units. Recently, at least two city hospitals turned away two sick children, saying there were no beds.
At least 28 children were admitted to the dengue ward at the Institute of Child Health, Egmore. Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabhaskar visited the ICH after a 12 year-old girl from Mangadu died of suspected dengue. According to public health experts, the increased mortality comes from constantly shifting children from one hospital to another.
All hospitals should follow a uniform protocol while referring patients, and check if there are enough beds and facilities in the hospitals they are referring them to. Experts say the habit of administering medication to children without prescriptions must stop. The Directorate of Public Health is working with school children to create awareness among them. They are being taught personal hygiene and the importance of identifying mosquito breeding places, and ensuring they are kept clean.