On Friday, Delhi University officials stated that the varsity is ready to allocate space if any organization is ready to set up a Covid care center for students and staff on the campus.
Registrar Vikas Gupta said the university did not have the framework to sustain these Covid care centers and pointed out that there were a bunch of specialized necessities to put in place. he said our medical colleges are connected to hospitals so it will not be possible to use their services for the center. They have been clasping considerations and are open to requesting university space to organizations that may be ready to run it. The University is ready to give the grounds and stadiums for this purpose.
So far, the university has drive vaccination camps in the south and north campus for its officials and teachers.
A group of DU teachers on Thursday had written to the administration asking them to set up Covid care installations because of increasing Coronavirus cases. Former executive council member Rajesh Jha, a professor at Rajdhani College said we are facing a far terrible situation [than last time] and hundreds of employees and teachers are running from pillar to pillar for a single bed in hospitals. Some of them have forfeited their precious lives and many of them are battling. In such a circumstance, the university should extend support to teachers, students, and employees.
Teachers’ group Academics for Action and Development, of which Jha is a member, mentioned that it had written to the university administration on the circumstance last year. The teachers’ group said in its letter to the university administration that in our earlier emails, we have proposed attaching the university guest houses to World University Services (WUS) health center and formulate the facilities for Covid-infected university staff. Actions should be made to expand some beds with the Level-3 facility. For this objective, we can aspire to help from our nursing and medical colleges.
Various other teachers also told they had spoken of the lack of medical facilities on campus before. Pankaj Garg, the convener of the Indian National Teachers’ Congress (INTEC), said he had to make an effort for 3 days to get an RT-PCR test done by a private lab.
he said a testing center can be organized at least using existing resources so that teachers don’t have to run from door to door to get tested. A Covid care center can be arranged because we already have at least 15 doctors at the university’s health center. These doctors can be utilized to arrange a temporary center. Mild to moderate cases can be surveyed there.
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