BHOPAL: To handle the rush of patients, the administration has decided to divide Out Patients Department (OPD) in Hamidia and Kamla Nehru Hospitals. The new arrangement would ensure speedy treatment to patients as well as provide a breathing space to doctors. To handle the rush of patients coming to Hamidia Hospital, the administration has decided to shift some of its Out Patients Department (OPD) to Kamla Nehru Hospital.

The arrangement would help the hospital authorities handle On an average, Hamidia Hospital receives 2000 OPD patients daily, but the number swells in wake of rising cases of seasonal diseases, swine flu, chikungunya and dengue. The OPD patients would be divided between two major hospitals— Hamidia and Kamla Nehru, the two facilities are located on same campus. The arrangement would relieve the over-burdened doctors and provide them extra time to diagnose and treat the patients. Medical Superintendent (Hamidia Hospital) Dr AK Shrivastava said, “ We are dividing OPD between two hospitals—Hamidia and Kamla Nehru—to reduce the pressure of Hamidia Hospital.

Secondly, it will also be in favour of patients who will get speedy medical treatment. It will increase efficiency of our doctors as they can give much time to patients in OPD.” Meanwhile, the doctors have cautioned against fluctuating temperature and changing weather. Diseases like pneumonia, asthma and allergies relapses, while seasonal ailments like throat inflections, viral, fever, headache, cold and cough and exposure are common health problems associated with climate change. Morning walkers and students venturing out of hour during early need to wear warm clothes to protest from exposure, said doctors.

CMHO Dr UN Khan said, “It is true that temperature is fluctuating and weather is in transition. People should take precautions against seasonal ailments. We have advised people to take precautions. People should not pack up their woolens as yet as it is very much necessary for morning hours.” “Recent rain and hailstorm have brought changes in weather during the transition period. Chill still persist in morning hours which is harmful. It would take some time for weather to stabilize till then one need to take precaution,” said Dr Khan.

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