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Kumbh Mela: Makeshift hospital treats 50,000 patients in a week

Healthcare services provided by the Central Hospital, are ranging from general medicine, orthopaedics, gynaecology, skin related diseases, paediatrics along with many other ailments


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Magnificently, a 100-bed makeshift hospital, known as Central Hospital in sector - 2 in Prayagraj Kumbh Mela has, so far, in one week treated over 50,000 patients. The patients are largely the pilgrims those who have come to take bath in the Sangam of Ganges, Yamuna and mythological river Saraswati. A very few number of patients are coming from the surrounding areas of the city also.

Informing about the services, Chief Medical Superintendent at the hospital, Dr. Deepak Seth said, “The healthcare services provided by the Central Hospital, are ranging from general medicine, orthopaedics, gynaecology, skin related diseases, paediatrics along with many other ailments.”  

“For cardiovascular diseases, the hospital has tie-up with Bangalore based Narayana Hospital group. Doctors from the Delhi branch of the group are providing consultancy for cardiovascular patients in the Central Hospital, Dr Seth added.  

As many as 80 ambulances are roaming across the mela area round the clock to serve the pilgrims. Further, the Uttar Pradesh healthcare department is running eleven 20-bed satellite hospitals in the various sectors of Kumbh Mela to provide medical facilities at the nearest possible points of the devotees. The general cases are treated at the satellite hospitals while serious cases are referred to the Central Hospital. The hospital has good number of surgeons to operate the emergency cases too. 

For diagnosis, the hospital operates 24-hour pathology lab, ultrasound and x-ray units. Free medicines are also served to the patients. 

Furthermore, a river ambulance is also catering to the needs of the saints and pilgrims in the mela. Around 2000 doctors are serving the patients across the Kumbh. The doctors and para-medical staffs have been trained to handle injuries due to stampedes, drowning and fire. A separate team is providing Ayurvedic and Homeopathic treatments to the pilgrims also. 

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