| Stagnant water in front of NMCH. Picture by Sachin |
Hospitals are turning into breeding grounds for vector borne diseases in the absence of regular fogging at a time when dengue cases are on the rise.
Dr Bimal Karak, the deputy superintendent of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), said: “Fogging has not been carried out in the hospital for the past 10 days. I was not satisfied with the way it was done the last time.”
Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) superintendent Dr Shiv Kumari Prasad echoed him and claimed that fogging had not been done on the hospital campus even once this year. She added: “No fogging was conducted on the hospital campus last year also.”
Against this backdrop, the number of dengue patients taking admission to the hospitals is increasing by the day. Dr Shankar Prakash, the head of the microbiology department of PMCH, said: “On Tuesday, 32 suspected dengue patients reached the hospital. Of them, 11 tested positive. Wild plants have grown near my department and also at other places on the campus. There is stagnant water here as well. Some of my employees are already suffering from dengue. I called up Jagdish Singh, the in-charge of vector borne diseases in the health department five to six times but nothing has been done. ”
Prakash added: “Stagnant water on the PMCH campus also pose threats of Japanese encephalitis and malaria.”
Prasad, the NMCH superintendent, also said: “There are overflowing drains and stagnant water on the hospital campus.”
While doctors pointed out the casual attitude of the civic body towards taking preventive measures on the hospital campuses, officials of the health department and Patna Municipal Corporation were busy passing the buck.
Jagdish Singh, the deputy director, malaria, also the in-charge of vector borne diseases, said: “We carried out fogging on the PMCH campus twice so far. However, I have no idea whether fogging has been conducted at NMCH or not. We handed over seven fogging machines to PMC. It is the job of the civic body to carry out fogging in urban areas. We are supposed to carry out fogging only in rural areas.”
Mayor Afzal Imam said: “I shall advise the health department to purchase fogging machines and conduct fogging in the hospitals. How can PMC alone carry out the work of an entire hospital with a huge campus? The department also allocates funds to hospitals for dengue prevention and treatment.”