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Patient flow plummets in hospitals

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Bangalore: Apprehensions about the aftermath of the Ayodhya verdict forced even patients to stay put at home. Some even got their family members discharged from hospitals while others postponed appointments with doctors. The out-patient departments (OPDs) in almost all government hospitals witnessed reduced patient flow. However, hospitals functioned as usual and no surgery was postponed, doctors said.

Ambulances had a free run on traffic-free roads. A spokesperson for the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), which runs the Arogya Kavacha 108 ambulance service, said the ambulances reached destinations in double quick time.

The Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, which sees more than 800 patients on weekdays,saw a 30 per cent decline in patients on Thursday, in-charge Resident Medical Officer Shankare Gowda told The Hindu.

“We got the usual number of patients in the morning. There was a 15 per cent decline in the afternoon,” said B.G. Tilak, Medical Superintendent, Victoria Hospital.

K.C. General Hospital that is the only government hospital in West Bangalore too saw a decline in the number of out-patients. M. Vishwaradhya, Medical Superintendent, said the hospital functioned as usual. “All scheduled surgeries and meetings went on as usual,” he said. Doctors attributed the situation to people's fear that public transport would be affected.

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