A MONTH after the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) bagged a prize of Rs 5 crore by topping the list of clean hospitals in the country, the malaria wing of the UT health department has found “mosquitogenic conditions” — conditions good for breeding of mosquitoes — inside the PGI campus.
During an inspection, officials said, teams of the UT health department had found larvae inside the campus. Now the department would raise the issue with the PGI authorities. “Our teams conducted the survey recently inside the PGI campus and we found that there were mosquitogenic conditions inside the residential complexes of the institute,” Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, Chandigarh health department, told Chandigarh Newsline on Wednesday. “We will inform the PGI administration that they should issue necessary guidelines to control the breeding points inside the campus.”
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Last month, under the Central government hospitals category, in the Kayakalp initiative — a scheme launched by the Health Ministry to promote “cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices in public health care facilities” across the country — the PGI had won Rs 5-crore prize by coming first in the competition.
Earlier, before the results were announced, a five-member team from the Health Ministry had inspected the institute.
PGI officiating spokesperson Dr Ashok Kumar maintains that the institute regularly checks the breeding points inside the campus. “We are more vigilant and regularly keep issuing advisories to everyone that they shouldn’t let water be stored inside coolers for long time or at any public place,” he told Chandigarh Newsline.
This is not for the first time, when mosquitogenic conditions have been found inside the city health institution or inside any government building. Last year, the health department had issued letters to various government departments after larvae were found inside their premises.