The government-run Niloufer Hospital at Lakdikapool, which has a capacity of 400 beds, is almost full. The medical facility is full of patients suffering from various seasonal diseases such as dengue, viral fevers, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other illnesses or diseases.
The hospital is 100% full during the monsoon season due to seasonal infections, diseases, and dengue cases. However, at times as such, even those without any severe infections or diseases are referred to the hospital dedicated to children.
Young kids from faraway districts are also referred to the hospital though they do not have serious infections, according to a paediatrician from the hospital. Also, parents of children down with diseases like dengue or malaria rush them to the hospital when their platelets count drops below one lakh. Presently, 90% of the hospital is full of non-COVID-19 patients.
However, anticipating the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic to hit children as well, a separate 400-bed facility was added to the hospital recently. Only one floor of the new facility is dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The remaining three are allocated to children suffering from respiratory issues. A senior doctor shares that they cannot send away children brought in from the districts even if their condition is not severe.