As dengue and chikungunya cases continue to soar, affecting hundreds in the national capital, many doctors in the city hospitals have also fallen prey to the vector-borne diseases.
ChikungunyDelhi is witnessing a shortage in staff as many doctors, including senior faculty members have tested positive for the vector-borne disesases keeping them from discharging their duties.
According to government-run Safdarjung Hospital, while a total of 10-12 senior faculty members have tested positive for chikungunya, at least 25 junior doctors, including senior and junior residents, are suffering from chikungunya and dengue. Notably, Safdarjung already has a staff shortage of over 30 per cent.
In a review meeting, Union Cabinet Secretary P.K Sinha on Thursday asked all stake holders in both the Centre and Delhi government to take action for the prevention and management of the vector borne diseases.
There is also a shortage of beds which is creating a havoc-type situation in the hospitals.
Out of the 175 chikungunya patients in centrally-located Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, over 30 are doctors of the hospital itself, an official said.