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The Out-Patient Department (OPD) of Fever Hospital in Hyderabad has become a scene of confusion due to violent fights are seen among patients and hospital staff daily due to a huge number of people crowding the hospital with seasonal diseases. The nurses run hurriedly in the emergency ward as well as in the OPD as they are overworked and are facing shortage of staff.
Hundreds of patients lined up outside Fever Hospital for hours to seek treatment for fever, dizziness, body ache and chronic vomiting on Monday. Shabana Begum, a mother of two who had come from Shadnagar said that they did registration around 9 am and it has been over 3 hours and wereasked to wait for another 45 minutes to see a doctor. She said that her twin six-year-old sons, who were lying down on the crowded floor have tested positive for dengue. The tests were done in the morning and they were running a high fever and have been vomiting also since morning. She further said that they might have to take them to a private clinic now.
The out-patient department was crammed with over 350-400 patients waiting for their turn and finally, a fight broke out, intensifyingby men hitting each other, as women and children got trapped in the middle of the commotion.
A Yadamma, nursing superintendent while speaking to Express, said that theyat present have only one multipurpose health worker, however there are vacancies for nine more. They also have nine vacancies for staff nurses and presently have 40 nurses being led by one head nurse. They require more nurses to manage the crowd, especially during monsoon season.
The nurses and the hospital staff tried to control the situation by latching doors of the casualty and out-patient wards as the chaos followed. Many patients were seen purchasing medication from pharmacies outside the hospital, as the queue at the hospital pharmacy was up to the main gate.
The hospital superintendent, Dr K Shankar, was present at the hospital but was unavailable for comment.