TOI called six big private hospitals in Gurugram and found only one hospital reporting availability of beds, though there were none available in their ICUs. Doctors said rising levels of particulate matter have led to increase in cases of infections, allergies, asthma, COPD, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Doctors also said cases have started pouring in earlier than expected this year. “Although Diwali is two weeks away, we are already getting cases of respiratory illnesses. This indicates the situation is likely get worse. We’ve reported several cases of flu and prolonged viral infections. Cases of asthma, COPD and bronchitis are also pouring in. Authorities need to be vigilant and take necessary measures, now that awareness about the deleterious effects of pollution is reasonably high among patients and residents,” said Dr Himanshu, senior pulmonologist, Artemis Hospital.
“There is a 15% increase in number of patients with respiratory illnesses compared to last month. We’re seeing a mild surge in patients with chronic respiratory diseases at our OPD, with worsening symptoms,” said Dr Arunesh Kumar, senior consultant, pulmonology, Paras Hospital.
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