Facing flak after an intern died due to suspected drug overdose at a hostel of the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, the Bengal government has decided to conduct an investigation into the state of affairs at various hostels under the state medical colleges and hospitals.
The government, however, said it may take some time before overhauling the security at such establishments.
“We are going through a financial crunch and we need money to overhaul security and vigilance at the hostels. But till then the chief minister has ordered that vigilance at the hostels will have to be enhanced and we are doing that. We are also going to see how things like drugs cannot find entry into hostels,’’ Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Health, said at Nabanna on Tuesday.
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The government action comes following the death of Saptarshi Das, a medical intern, allegedly due to drug overdose at the hostel of SSKM hospital on Saturday. Another intern, Shahbaz Siddique, who was admitted to the hospital also after suspected overdose of drugs, is recovering gradually.
Meanwhile at SSKM hospital the authorities said they will hold a workshop for all the interns to make them to make them aware of their duties as members of the medical profession and refrain from drinking or taking drugs.
“It is a social evil. Drinking as such is not illegal but whether it is desirable or not is a debatable issue. But, we can not allow it in the hostel,’’ Pradip Mitra, director of SSKM hospital said.
A meeting of the hostel committee, which consists of the dean of students’ welfare, senior faculty members and student representatives, was held Monday where it was decided to beef up security and regulate the entry of outsiders to the hostel.
To regulate entry of outsiders in the hostel it was decided to issue boarding cards to all inmates without which no one will be allowed to enter the hostel building. “We will also provide additional security in the hostel,” SSKM director Pradip Mitra said.
Hostel superintendent Dhrubraj Rakshit has already been removed from the post. Drugs and syringes were found in the hostel room where Saptarshi Das and Shahbaaz Siddiqui spent the Friday night.