Gurugram: Spike in recovered patients visiting post-Covid OPDs

Gurugram: Spike in recovered patients visiting post-Covid OPDs


GURUGRAM: In the last 15 days, about 500 recovered patients have visited post-Covid OPDs at various hospitals in the city. On some days, several institutes said they have received as many as 30 patients.
At present, 21 private hospitals have dedicated OPDs that started operating from September 18. At the only government OPD at Civil Hospital alone, 287 patients have visited in the last two weeks.
Doctors said most of the patients coming into the OPDs suffer from fever and shortness of breath, and have been reporting issues such as fatigue, hot flashes and low immunity. Many report flu-like symptoms such as cough, sore throat and bodyache.
“We have around 20 such patients in our OPD daily. They have complained of hot and cold flashes, breathing difficulties and low oxygen levels. Majority of them are being given oxygen therapy,” Dr Manoj Goel, director, pulmonology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
A major complication is respiratory failure where the patients need supplemental oxygen, BIPAP or invasive ventilator support.
“We are seeing four to five admissions daily. Patients who flag post-Covid complications earlier tend to fare better. Some have a poor prognosis, but majority of the patients recover,” said Dr Arunesh Kumar, senior consultant and head, respiratory medicine/pulmonology, Paras Hospital.
“We are following up with each patient to ensure their speedy recovery. We have instructed all hospitals to have a dedicated post-Covid OPD where recovered patients can visit for a check-up. This helps us handle cases and also separate Covid patients from the recovered ones. We are also counselling people who are suffering from anxiety,” said Gurugram chief medical officer Virender Yadav.
Dr Shuchin Bajaj, internal medicines, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, pointed out that lung fibrosis and pneumonia were the major complications among such patients. “Once pneumonia develops, the patient starts developing breathlessness and the oxygen level starts dipping. So we are watching out for that in every patient and counselling them to monitor their oxygen levels frequently,” he said.
Dr Bajaj added that most of those coming to the OPD were males. “Females are much less affected and have fewer complications, except in very old age,” he said.



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