Medical Facilities: State Mandates Infirmary Rooms in Colleges and Universities | Mumbai News

Infirmary rooms must in colleges, univs: State

Mumbai: Colleges and universities in the state must have a 20 sq m first aid-cum-sick-room on their premises. They should also tie up with nearest hospitals and train staff in first aid to handle medical emergencies.
State has issued a govt resolution (GR) directing educational institutions to provide medical facilities on campuses. These also include having an on-call doctor facility for all students and counsellors to address their mental health problems.Colleges have been asked to submit a compliance report within a month to their respective joint directors.
According to the GR issued by state higher and technical education department, students spend six to seven hours daily on campus and may require urgent medical treatment during this period. If colleges and universities take appropriate and prompt action, untoward incidents could be averted, it added.
The GR mandates providing students insurance cover under govt schemes or any other initiatives. All medical facilities should be provided in the first aid-cum-sick room, and all departments must have first-aid kits. Institutes have been asked to conduct annually at least one first-aid training, including in artificial respiration methods, for students and staff, and also hold medical examination camps.
Institutions have also been asked to prominently display contact numbers of govt hospitals, govt health centres, and private clinics in their vicinity, and coordinate with them on a regular basis. The co-ordinators are expected to contact hospitals to get immediate medical attention for students or help in the admission of sick students, if required. A vehicle should be made available to take students to hospital in case of emergency.
St Xavier’s principal Rajendra Shinde said many of the initiatives are already available at the college, including a sick room, first-aid box in office and important locations, and medical tie-ups with hospitals. He said CPR training is provided during the annual mock fire drill and the college will soon comply with other requirements too. Some of the directives are already a prerequisite for NAAC inspection, he added.
Parag Ajgaonkar, principal of NM College, said colleges are expected to be guardians of students’ physical and mental health. “These initiatives, some of which are already in place, would provide great relief to outstation students and their parents,” he added.

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