India Yogi Adityanath visits Aligarh Muslim University after several faculty...

Yogi Adityanath visits Aligarh Muslim University after several faculty members die due to Covid

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The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Thursday.

He held a meeting with the officials of the university including the AMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor; Mr Abdul Hamid (IPS), Registrar; Professor Shahid A Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC), Prof Rakesh Bhargava (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) and Professor Amjad Ali Rizvi (Officiating Medical Superintendent).

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mansoor said JNMC needs continuous oxygen supply and Remdesivir urgently. The Medical College staff comprising doctors, nurses and paramedical staff have been working relentlessly with exemplary dedication, and many of them contracted COVID in the line of duty while serving the patients. He saluted the JNMC doctors and staff for their sincerity and dedication.

He also asserted that while all efforts are being made to tackle the present second wave, we have to be prepared for a possible third wave that is estimated to affect children the most.

“JNMC will work closely with the State and Union government to augment health infrastructure of JNMC and add to capacity in critical areas such as Pediatric ICUs, to provide better medical care to everyone, especially children”, he said.

“The university has started telemedicine services and it will be strengthened further”, he added.

As per the university authorities, the institution has been in constant touch with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Vice-Chancellor thanked the Prime Minister, Union Education Minister, Chief Minister, and their offices for their support to the University in the time of the COVID pandemic crisis.

Regular advisories, through circulars, notifications, social media and other mediums has been pushed by the university urging the fraternity to get vaccinated on priority.

Recently 43 employees including faculty members, non-teaching staff and retired employees have passed away due to Covid 19. Suspecting the arise of a new variant of Coronavirus in university and adjacent areas, samples have been sent for genome sequencing to the ICMR for investigating the possibility of a new mutant of the virus.

Explaining the reasons for the high mortality rate in the second wave, JNMC Hospital officials said that non-vaccination, comorbidity, and late admission to the medical college led to increasing in deaths. Along with this, unauthentic exaggerated COVID death figures were being circulated on social media and sections of the media, including deaths due to non-Covid causes and those that occurred outside JNMC Hospital. Many retired faculty members who unfortunately passed away in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Bhopal and Meerut and the like were included in such lists.

On the other hand, the Chief Minister assured to extend all the possible help including required oxygen supply and Remdesivir injections to the Medical College Hospital. He came to review the situation in Aligarh and other nearby districts.

The Chief Minister came to Aligarh to take cognizance of the situation and offered condolences to the bereaved families.

The University also grieved and mourned the families in this difficult hour.

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