Doctors say the delay in seeking treatment, or inability to get a bed during the lockdown as hospitals focused on Covid-19, has led to manageable conditions in hundreds of cases across the city turning life-threatening.
A 45-year-old resident of Borivali was diagnosed with
Dr Anshumala Shukla, a gynaecologist at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, said one of her patients, a 62-year-old resident of Andheri, was diagnosed with
Nanavati Hospital’s cardiology department registered a 56 per cent drop in number of patients during the lockdown. The neurosurgery department saw 51 per cent fewer patients for the same period, while the drop for neurology department was 35 per cent.
“We lost a 49-year-old patient who was complaining of severe headaches. However, the family did not consult a doctor for two days. The third day she collapsed at home. Tests revealed she had suffered brain haemorrhage. But it was too late for us to be able to do anything,” said Dr Rajan Shah, a neurologist at Nanavati Hospital.
Dr Arvind Kulkarni, consultant and spinal surgeon at
Family told me the weakness in the limbs was mild in early April. Had he been brought in then, we could have prevented his condition from deteriorating to this extent,” he said. The family wasn’t even sure in April if a doctor would be able to treat him, Dr Kulkarni said. “They had assumed hospitals had shut all other departments.”
Dr Amit Maydeo, gastroenterologist and director of the
Dr Maydeo said that before Covid-19 made an appearance in the city, he used to perform 40 endoscopies every day. “Last month, I performed only two. This month, I have performed ten endoscopies already,” he said, adding that it is clear that many people are still reluctant to visit a hospital despite being in need of urgent medical attention.