DU has lost a lot of teachers in the past month due to covid. The 2nd deadly wave or covid-19 led to the demise of around 30 teaching and non-teaching DU staff. Also, hundreds of family members of DU employees are losing lives while many are still struggling to get necessary equipments. However, the varsity must rise to the occasion and fulfill its pandemic responsibility.
The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest University (VPCI), a prestigious institution for respiratory disease stays shut and unutilized. While many academic teachers are dying due to the lack of hospital facilities, 100 oxygen beds in VPCI is unoccupied. So, the VPCI is housed in the university campus but neither the health ministry nor the DU authorities are using it for covid duty.
VPCI and other medical colleges under DU can be used:
The health infrastructure is collapsing with the overburden of covid duties. However, DU runs the VPCI along with 2 medical colleges and one nursing home. Hence, such permanent and effective institutions should not be excluded from covid duties.
DU’s duty in helping its teachers and others:
A rapid response team comprising the varsity’s top officials and senior experts from medical and nursing faculties should be made. Hence, this will allow a better assessment of all the pros and cons of any ongoing efforts.
Also, the varsity’s two spacious guest houses can be used to keep patients. Thus, situated next to VPCI, these guest houses can instantly get doctor’s help. Serious patients can be shifted to the VPCI for immediate treatment. DU should also set up a centralized logistics system. Thus, this center can function as a depot for collecting and distributing cylinders and medicines.
The administration should also reach out to the families of its deceased teachers. Hence, grants should be provided to the suffering families for help. Also, compensatory job allocation needs to re-initiate soon.