As air quality entered the ‘severe’ category on Monday, hospitals in the capital witnessed a busy day with people complaining of respiratory tract infections and asthmatic attacks queuing up outside the departments.
Taking a look at the severity of the situation, the city’s medical institutions have geared up with extra medical staff and facilities to tend to the ailing.
Doctors have noticed at least 60 per cent hike in OPD patients suffering from respiratory diseases. Health experts across the city have mentioned that the current scenario can be equated to a ‘National Health Emergency’.
According to reports, Associate professor of AIIMS said, “The number of patients has just doubled as compared to last week. It was an exceptional rise in the number of people who faced asthmatic attacks. The cases have increased in the last three days.”
Signs like inflammatory sensation in eyes, breathlessness, and headache are turning common for locals. Dr. Vikas Mauyra, head of respiratory division, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, said.