The death of a dentist associated with JJ hospital last month due to dengue was not enough of a lesson for the authorities apparently, even as four doctors of St George’s hospital got diagnosed with the disease recently. Not surprisingly, the BMC and hospital authorities are least bothered. While the medical superintendent maintains that the doctors got infected outside the campus, the civic body official concerned could not even be reached. Throughout this monsoon, seven doctors associated with this hospital, including these four, were diagnosed with dengue in the end of last month. Though the hospital and BMC authorities claim that they are regular in supervising the areas to curb dengue breeding grounds, the doctors have alleged that the measures are inadequate.
“During monsoon, water gets logged in several places inside the hospital campus and quarters that eventually become breeding grounds. Just fogging around the hospital isn’t sufficient to prevent the spread of dengue,” said a doctor.
Dr Jagdish B Bhawani, medical superintendent of the hospital, however, refuted the claim and said, “Yes, a few doctors were diagnosed with dengue, but there is no epidemic. We take proper care, so that we can stop the spread of dengue inside the campus. The doctors who generally have been staying outside the hospital campus have been diagnosed with dengue.”
Dr Rajan Naringrekar, insecticide officer at BMC, didn’t respond to calls despite repeated attempts.