Dengue hits 22 staffers of ‘dirty’ MGM Hospital

The civic body had located two breeding sites last month in the hospital that is spread across a seven-acre plot.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: November 14, 2014 3:09:56 am
At the hospital in Parel. (Source: Express photo) At the hospital in Parel. (Source: Express photo)

Despite at least two breeding sites being detected and 22 of its employees having been diagnosed with dengue, not much has changed at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital in Parel that is run under the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The latest diagnosed cases are a hospital nurse, Namrata Gurav who was admitted on November 10, and a staffer, Shivalal, admitted on November 5. This is the third civic hospital after state tun JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital that reportedly has dengue breeding spots.

The civic body had located two breeding sites last month in the hospital that is spread across a seven-acre plot. One is in building number V, where class III and IV employees reside, and another in an under-construction building where accumulated water in the basement had become a breeding space for Aedes Agypti mosquito — the carrier of dengue. Both the sites have not been cleaned yet, staffers from MGM employee union said.

“I was admitted to the ICU after my platelet count dropped on October. I expected cleanliness at the hospital. But no steps have been taken,” said Uttam Palaw, a hospital staffer.

Casualty medical officer Dr Pravin Dhakite, who was discharged from hospital last week after dengue treatment, said, “I live in the quarters in the hospital itself. Perhaps I contracted dengue from there.”

The hospital has been under renovation since 2008. While four buildings stand under-constructed with water accumulating around the debris, a duct running through the hospital has been left open. The area behind the staff quarters where some take bath has also become a place for water collection,” Deepak Gole of the MGM employees union said.

Even as posters against mosquito breeding can be spotted on the walls at the hospital, Newsline found fresh water stagnated on a bathroom floor.

Former MLA Jaiprakash Chhajed on Thursday wrote to CM Devendra Fadnavis on the issue. “The hospital premises is not only breeding mosquitoes, it is also not running to its full capacity. It should be cleaned properly and a provision to transfer patients suffering from dengue must be made,” Chhajed said.

On Thursday, only 74 of its 300 beds were occupied. Despite availability of beds, a staff nurse, Neha Redkar, had decided to shift her son to KEM hospital for dengue treatment due to non-availability of all facilities. She, too, was diagnosed with dengue last month.

Dr Gajanand Bhagat, hospital’s medical superintendent, however, said, “The staffers should take care inside their residences. They do not drain water. The hospital is cleaned regularly.” He said ‘negligence’ of staffers inside their houses has led to the dengue cases.

The civic health department has confirmed 10 dengue deaths in the city so far while another two are under investigations. So far this year, the toll of suspected dengue cases has crossed 4,000.

Tertiary-care KEM Hospital and state-run JJ Hospital had reported a number of dengue cases due to mosquito breeding in the hospital premises itself. Both were slapped with notices for not preventing mosquito breeding.
tabassum.barnagarwala@expressindia.com

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