Mumbai: Major civic-run hospitals on Tuesday witnessed a 60 per cent drop in the number of patients visiting Out Patient Department. A senior doctor said that people were avoiding coming to hospital since they are scared of getting infected or getting stuck in trains. Hundreds of patients, especially those who live in far-off areas, had to cancel their plans. On a daily basis, JJ Hospital receives around 4,000 patients on OPD and 250-300 patients on IPD basis at the hospital.

Sanjay Surase, Chief Medical Official (CMO), JJ Hospital said, “On Tuesday, due to on-going rain, only 1,664 patients visited the hospital’s OPD department with 100 admissions in the hospital.” Moreover, 1460 patients visited the OPD of King Edward Memorial Hospital while BYL Nair Hospital witnessed only 400 patients visiting the OPD. “On a daily basis, both hospital witness over 3,000 patients visiting the hospital’s OPD. “But due to heavy rainfall, there is a 60 per cent drop in patients visiting the OPD’s in all civic hospitals,” said a civic health official.

Most patients undergoing treatment at state and civic hospital are now helpless since they could not leave their homes due to the heavy rainfall.  Goregaon resident Rajesh Chavan who is undergoing treatment at the government-run ART centre at Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy (JJ) Hospital for the past two years could not visit the hospital since it was raining heavily. “Two years back I was diagnosed with HIV for which I have to visit hospital daily as I am undergoing treatment at the ART centre in JJ Hospital. But last week as I was feeling uneasy, the doctors asked me to come after doing a test for CD4 count,” said Chavan. He added that he was supposed to visit the hospital on Tuesday, but due to the heavy downpour his wife suggested that he cancel his visit.