AIIMS in the grip of dengue scare

With dengue cases being on a rise in the City, doctors at AIIMS have written to the director of the institute to ensure proper sanitation on the hospital premises.

According to sources, in the past one month, at least 30 people were admitted to the hospital with severe infection. Many more are down with dengue and on sick leave due to mild infection. These include senior residents, MBBS students, PhD scholars and nursing staff staying on campus.

“Sanitation situation is really bad here. We wrote to the director on August 30 for cleaning the premises properly and he was positive about it. But nothing has happened so far. So we have written to him again,” said a member of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA).

This makes the hospital unsafe for patients too.

“The medical staff affected by the disease are its carriers and cause a major risk to patients. Many patients have picked up the disease from other patients or medical staff,” said the RDA member.

“This is true, especially, of the emergency ward where closed and crowded conditions help rapid transmission of the disease. The patients are at a higher risk of infection at AIIMS than the average Delhi locals,” added the RDA member.

Doctors said sanitation condition in the campus is bad, especially due to incessant construction activities.

Apart from waterlogging and puddles due to construction, less number of dustbins and apathy toward regular cleanliness drives have be­come major issues of conte­nt­ion.
Residents said dogs and cats tip over dustbins and the garbage keeps lying for days, attracting mosquitoes. Heaps of garbage outside the hostels is a common sight. They said fogging has not been carried out regularly and number of mosquitoes has been on a rise. “The preventable nature of this epidemic only highlights the serious nature of administrative negligence,” said a doctor.

Desert cooler

National Centre for Disease Control, formerly called the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), developed a desert cooler in 2009. As mosquito breeding is common in desert coolers, it was found fit to develop a mosquito-free desert cooler.

The water tank of the cooler is completely covered to prevent the entry of mosquitoes. Weekly cleaning of the tank is not needed and chemical larvicide is not required either. Even in the standing water, when the cooler is not in use, there is no risk of mosquito breeding.

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