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AIIMS Campus - A Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes

It's not surprising that mosquitoes have besieged the country's premier hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), with a huge drain// not far from its western perimeter and garbage littered across the campus.

In the last 10 days, the raging dengue fever in the capital has exposed serious flaws within India's best known public health facility - often touted as the largest in Asia - with 26 resident doctors, medical students and staff being admitted to the hospital with the mosquito-born disease.

More shockingly, a seventh semester student of AIIMS, Kamal Raj Kiran, died due to dengue last Saturday.

While the government still claims that the hospital is well equipped to handle any disease, a walk through the 100-acre campus gives a fair idea of the cleanliness status - or the lack of it.

Hostel rooms hardly get sunlight and the cafeteria inside the hospital as well as the outside eateries on the western part are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Said a student of the hospital: "The administration has started fumigating everyday only after residents of the campus contracted dengue. Neither the hospital authorities nor the civic officials are bothered about cleaning the stinking drain in Yusuf Sarai."

"You can see mosquitoes growing in the drains. More than a bad site, it's slowly becoming a threat to the life of both the residents of AIIMS and the patients coming for treatment," said the research student.

A subway connecting the hospital with the main road near gate number one is full of garbage and a frequent resting place for stray dogs.

The central lawn often has stagnant water and no one bothers about it. Water in flower vessels and coolers of hostel residents and staff quarters almost goes without notice.

The overhead water tanks supplying water to several wards are not well covered; this civic authorities say is the perfect breedin
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