Private hospitals too lack facilities

PRIVATE hospitals in the city, like the government hospitals, are not in a good shape either for treating swine flu patients as most do not have any provision to handle such cases, and the ones which do can hardly treat half a dozen H1N1 patients at a time.

Medica Super Specialty, off EM Bypass, said they were ready for an emergency but not an outbreak. "At most we can keep five patients in isolation," said Dr Udayan Lahiry, CEO of the hospital, citing the need for separate air-condition system to make it completely isolated.

At Desun, another private hospital, the kit for a swab test was not available. "We have ordered for the swab testing kit and since the demand for those specially made kits are very high during this time of the year, we have been told that it will take another 30 days for the kit to arrive," said Tapas Mukherjee, administration head of the hospital. The hospital has four isolation cabins but all were not dedicated to treating swine flu cases.

Mission of Mercy on Park Street too have been upgraded since the last signs of swine flu in the city but with a very short limit. Officials said due to a shortage of staff, only about five patients can be handled.

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