After a widespread protest and receiving flak from the SPPU students and their family members. The Savitribai Phule Pune University authorities have finally decided to provide 24-hour emergency care on their campus.
The university was shaken last week after the news of one student dying of heart attack as he could not get emergency medical care on the campus.
Students and Faculty members at the Savitribai Phule Pune University can now hope for better services at the health centre on its campus.
The university has decided to upgrade the facility on the campus, considering the recent incident of a student dying of heart attack and could not get emergency medical care on the campus. To provide 24- hour emergency health care, a special budget allocation is being set aside for equipping the centre.
The authorities at the university has received several requests from faculty members and students for better health facilities on the campus, especially for hostel students.
The office so far worked more like a primary health centre with an out patient department working in morning and night hours.
“We are conducting meetings with university officials and working on a plan to provide 24-hour emergency medical services. A report will be prepared soon and it will take at least two to three months to provide the necessary services,” said Shashikant Dudhgaonkar, who is in charge of the health centre.
Exceptions has been made with the financial provisions of the budget for enough working force. There are close to 54 departments within the SPPU and there are at least 50 to 60 members working in each department.
“Apart from this, there are thousands of students on the campus and non-teaching staff who need medical help from time to time. The health centre is unable to cater to the number of people on the campus. In such a situation, there is need for better services, especially in case of an emergency,” Kuldeep Ambekar, a student activist, said.
Nitin Karmalkar, vice-chancellor, SPPU, initiated steps to improve services at the centre after some students’ unions raised the issue. An ambulance service is now being provided to cater to emergencies.