Stray threat to patients at AIIMS

The presence of stray animals, including dogs and cattle, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) tells a lot about the slack security arrangements on its premises.

By Our correspondent
  • Published 17.08.18
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MENACE: A stray dog on the AIIMS campus in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The presence of stray animals, including dogs and cattle, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) tells a lot about the slack security arrangements on its premises.

The institute that spreads over nearly 100 acres in Sijuha is fortified with a boundary wall with 24X7 security guards being deployed at all its entrances and exists. Despite the strong presence of security personnel, stray animals continue to find their ways into the campus putting the lives of the patients and attendants at risk.

"I came here with my mother who complained of chest pain on Wednesday night. We were waiting outside the reception counter when a few stray dogs suddenly came near us and started to bark. We were scared and had to rush my ailing mother inside the hospital," said Itish Sahu, who had come from Jatni.

Besides stray dogs, bulls and domestic cows also find their way into the hospital premises.

Jagannath Jena, who runs a medical shop outside the hospital, said: "I can understand such animals roaming on Capital Hospital premises because they lack the security arrangements that AIIMS enjoy, but why here?"

These animals can get into the campus because of flaws in the hospital security system. "We are here to manage the people not animals. I have no idea from where these animals are finding their ways inside the hospital," said a security guard at the main gate.

The hospital administration, however, refused to take the responsibility for animals having free entry into the premises.

"It is the duty of the municipality to control these animals. As they are not doing their job, the animals are entering the AIIMS campus," said a senior official administrator.

Refuting the allegations, mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said they were on the job of catching stray animals from Sijhua. "We have included Sijhua in our city limits recently and giving providing necessary civic services in the area. The hospital administration should check the entrance of cattle and dogs into their premises," he said.