Stagnant water and filth on the Jadavpur University campus on Tuesday. Picture by Sanat Kr. Sinha
Experts from the civic health department inspected Jadavpur University on Tuesday to review its preparedness to combat dengue after some employees and their family members were diagnosed with the disease.
At least two relatives of Group D employees who live on the campus were admitted to hospital last week after blood tests in a corporation health centre tested positive for dengue.
Sumitra Chetri, the wife of guard Amit Chetri, was admitted to KPC Medical College & Hospital in Jadavpur. Eleven-year-old Vishal Bala, the grandson of a university employee, was admitted to Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan.
“My wife had been complaining of high fever, headache, severe muscle and joint pain since last Wednesday. I got her admitted to hospital after she tested positive for dengue last Saturday. She has become very weak and her platelet count has gone down,” said Amit.
At least two others who stay on the campus have undergone blood tests as they complained of similar symptoms. Their report is being awaited.
Vishal’s relatives alleged that the campus could have been spared of dengue had the authorities undertaken clean-up drives.
“Corporation staff had been visiting the campus over the past few weeks urging the authorities to keep the campus clean. But there has not been much action,” said a relative.
A team from the corporation had gone to the campus in the second week of August, asking the authorities to take measures to prevent spread of dengue. They advised the authorities to ensure speedy disposal of garbage and prevent water stagnation.
Around this time last year, a few cases of dengue were reported from the staff quarters.
Tuesday’s team — led by the mayoral council member in charge of health, Atin Ghosh — fogged parts of the campus. Larvae samples were collected from stagnant water. Bleaching powder was sprinkled on the campus.
“We went to the campus to find out whether the university has taken measures to curb the spread of dengue. The university has to ensure that the campus is kept clean,” mayoral council member Ghosh said.
He also met JU registrar Pradip Ghosh. The registrar later said: “A clean-up drive was initiated after the onset of the monsoon. It slowed down following heavy rain over the past two weeks. The drive has resumed in full swing.”