Even one of the largest and reputed medical colleges,Dayanand Medical College and Hospital,is not immune from the deadly dengue.
Medical reports have confirmed 20 students of DMCH Nursing College suffering from dengue. However,the college authorities are not ready to accept that 20 students from their own college are infected with dengue.
What is even more shocking is the fact that most of these students are hostelers. A visit to the hostel and mess by Newsline team brought out the picture of breeding mosquitoes in open containers with water in girls hostel,old DMCH building.
Interestingly,the mess boy,Raju has too come under the web of dengue.
As many as 20 students including five from first year,seven from second year,six from third year and two from last year of B.Sc Nursing course are down with dengue.
Sorry state of affairs- Mess,hostel full of mosquitoes Speaking to Newsline,a student admitted in a ward since last week said,Students were feverish and developing symptoms of dengue since mid September.
However,what is further appalling is that a student cannot extend his/her medical leave beyond 10 days as per rules. Even if doctor recommends rest for more days post dengue,he/she is marked absent and has to further report for make-up duties.
My daughter is not well from past 10 days and now she is being marked absent. We showed slip of doctor who recommended five days more rest post dengue due to weakness but college is not accepting it. Now she has to go for make up duties even if she is not well, said the father of a nursing student.
Not only hostels,the students mess is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Heaps of garbage with water stagnation was spotted outside the hostel building in new DMCH.
Dengue larvae were found in August. However,dengue outbreak in DMCH doesnt come as a surprise for authorities of the institute as the health team which raided the hospital in August this year found dengue mosquito larvae and had also declared the hospital in high risk zone for dengue outbreak. The team also found mosquito larvae at Pahwa Hospital,Gurdev Hospital,Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital,BL Kapoor Hospital and Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital in August. The number of dengue cases from the district has touched 236.
Only 5 students confirmed with dengue: Vice principal
Dr Nidhi Sagar,vice-principal of the college,claimed that only five students have been confirmed with dengue. She further said that home sickness and change of weather are reasons for spreading dengue and not mosquitoes. We are doing regular fogging and are cleaning the coolers daily. It is because of the changing weather that students are falling sick, Dr Sagar said. I am yet to get report,she added. We cannot extend sick leave for more than 10 days as per rules until its an exceptional case. One has to do make up duties, she added.