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‘Contaminated water’: 46 students of Adani medical college fall ill

AT LEAST 46 students of the Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS), Bhuj, have been hospitalised with flu-like signs over the previous two days at the same time as students complained that water being provided to their hostels was contaminated.

GAIMS is the primary medical college to be arrange underneath the public-private-partnership within the state. It is run by Adani Education and Research Foundation (AERF), the Corporate Social Respons-ibility (CSR) arm of the Adani Group. Billionaire Gautam Adani is the chairman of the Adani Group in addition to of AERF. GK General Hospital is hooked up to the GAIMS.

Dr AN Ghosh, dean of GAIMS, instructed The Indian Express, “Most of them have cold, cough and sore throat, possibly due to the change of weather. They are negative for Covid-19.”

Dr Shardul Chaurashia, chief working officer (COO), GAIMS, mentioned that 46 students have been admitted to the hospital over the previous two days and 20 of them have been discharged. “Their illness, prima facie, does not seem directly linked to water supply in the hostel as they don’t have diarrhoea or vomiting normally caused by consumption of contaminated water. However, we are doing further tests,” mentioned Dr Chaurashia.

He mentioned that these hospitalised included students from the primary, second and ultimate 12 months of MBBS course.

On Saturday, a Twitter deal with by the title GAIMS Student Union tweeted movies — one of discoloured water operating from faucets, one other purportedly displaying students in hospital that mentioned, “more than 50 students are on medication… need immediate attention to this problem”.

Another image of rows of buckets being crammed up by a tanker was tweeted with the caption: “Is it a slum area pic? This is pic from Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences. I don’t know whether we bring water whole day like this or study our medical books. If Adani can’t manage a medical college than why he opened a college. Students are getting more sick and sick (sic).” The picture posted on Sunday was extensively shared on social media.

The union additionally posted pictures of contaminated water, which it claimed was being provided in hostel in addition to a video displaying students on the GK General Hospital. “The water which we get at our hostel is not clean and is extremely polluted… Even after repeated trials of filtration and complaints, this problem is not being solved,” the tweets mentioned, claiming students have been getting contaminated water for seven months and had been falling ill.

Admitting to water provide points within the hostel since February this 12 months, Chaurashia mentioned, “The supply of Narmada water has been irregular and insufficient since February this year and the shortage became severe in June as more students came to the campus for offline classes. As a stopgap arrangement, we were supplying water from tubewells that has higher iron content. We requested the local municipality for more supply but apparently supply of Narmada water is limited. Hospital is our priority so supplies used to be diverted there. This created issues in the hostel.”

Dr Chaurashia mentioned the administration has began arranging water tankers for the students. “Every building has an RO plant for purifying drinking water. The issue is more with water for other daily use. We have decided to install a filtration plant which will become operational in 25 days… in the meantime, tankers will maintain supply,” he mentioned.

The Union mentioned that students noticed a strike on July 16 to protest in opposition to the contaminated water being provided of their hostel.

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