Photo by BL SONI
Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: Hospitals across the city witnessed a lesser number of footfalls of patients due to the ongoing strike that has hit several places of Mumbai. Due to safety, most of the patients avoided going to the hospital for treatment on Out Patient Department (OPDs) basis. According to the hospital data, there was 60 per cent in the footfall of patients getting treated on OPD basis.

On daily basis, the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, the biggest civic-run hospital receives around 7000-8000 patients on OPDs but on Wednesday, only around 3,000 patients visited the hospital for treatment. “The number of patients decreases on OPD basis is because people prefer not getting out of the home to get treated and get stuck in trains. The surgeries were not affected by this shutdown but the employees and doctors coming to the second shift were delayed,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean.

Other civic-run hospitals also witness the footfall of patients on OPD basis. Even at the Nair Hospital, on an average 1500 patients come for OPD treatment. But on Wednesday, only 396 patients had come to the hospital. Instead of 80 to 90 surgeries, there were 54 surgeries performed. Again, similarly, Sion Hospital received only 900 patients instead of 3000 patients on OPDs.

In fact, private hospitals recorded lesser number of patients than daily basis. Huzaifa Shehabi, COO of Saifee Hospital said, “The number of patients were less as due to the band, they decided not to venture outside. As all the medical staffers stay hereby in our hostel, they came on time and helped to handle the in-door patients.”

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