Bhubaneswar, Aug 25: Bhubaneswar is emerging as a dengue hotspot with reports of scores of cases every day and Capital Hospital is overcrowded by patients affected by the disease.
Though Capital Hospital authorities have added more beds in the designated dengue wards with a separate counter for the collection of samples, over 400 suspected patients are queuing up at the counter every day, according to the hospital administration.
Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the hospital on Thursday as scores of dengue patients were lying on the floor and corridor with wards running out of beds. Besides, several patients throng to private path labs after an hours-long wait in queue for testing which takes Rs 800 to Rs 1000 for the test.
The hospital is overcrowded with dengue patients as most of them are from the slums of the city and they cannot afford the high cost of hospitalization and treatment at private hospitals, especially when blood transfusion is required.
As many as 13650 samples have been collected in Bhubaneswar, out of which 1700 samples tested positive for dengue.
The situation has become so alarming that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared some wards of the city as Red Zones for dengue.