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Saturday, August 28, 2010

India : 1 doc, 300 patients at H1N1 screening centre

Reading this article from Indian Express (posted below), just proves the fact that no doubt India is a country with a big population but the health care system is so fragile, its just waiting time to collapse.

That's why H1N1, dengue, malaria in India is more to cause fatalities compared to any other country which has a decent health care. Sometimes you just wonder when will this change?? The rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer.

" As many as 300 patients queued up on Thursday at the swine flu screening centre at Khinswara Hospital of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Thergaon. Two feet away, patients and relatives form a parallel queue for medicine from the pharmacist. There is yet another long queue of women waiting to meet the gynaecologist.

A lone doctor examines suspected swine flu cases in the serpentine queue extending outside the gates. From 9 am to 1.30 pm, she examines over 300 patients. The number is roughly the same on Mondays.

“On Mondays and Thursdays, we have over 300 patients undergoing checks for suspected swine flu. On other days, around 150-200 troop in,” says V D Sawant, hospital in-charge. The staff say there is so much rush the situation gets volatile if anybody tries to jump queue. “Waiting for long hours results in frayed tempers and heated exchanges,” they say."

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