PUNE: Among the six cases of dengue that have been recently reported at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), three are German students who are visiting the institute as part of the ongoing exchange programme. Meanwhile, the students of FTII have alleged that the garbage dumped outside the old boys hostel in the institute premises was responsible for increasing number of cases of dengue and other viral infections amongst the students.
However, FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that garbage was cleared regularly and was not the cause behind cases. While he confirmed that there was one German student who had tested positive for dengue, he pointed out that these students do not live on campus.
“It was reported that some students have contracted dengue. Exact figures were not available as lab reports in some cases were awaited. Lab reports of two German students too were awaited. In a few cases, it has turned out to be a viral infection,” the director said.
According to the students, even last year, four-five dengue positive students were found in FTII premises.
“Since last month, we have been writing letters to the administration asking them to change the location of the garbage dump. I have been observing the garbage outside the A, B and C blocks of old boys hostel for the past one year since I moved into this hostel. However, the situation has worsened in the monsoon,” said hostel secretary Akshay Ingle.
He added, “Whenever we asked why the garbage was not disposed of, the administration replied that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was not taking the waste away. The area outside the hostel has become a dumping spot for the whole institute as people from all departments throw all their waste here.”
Kainthola told Sakal Times, “The garbage dump has been located there for many years now. Fogging/fumigation is being done every three months. Last time, it was carried out in June 2019, and currently, in September, fumigation is on. FTII takes all necessary measures to combat seasonal diseases but dengue, viral infections are not exclusive to FTII; incidents have been reported from other parts of the city too.” However, Ingle has said that smoke fumigation has not taken place in the premises this year. “We have had liquid fumigation in the premises, but the last smoke fumigation was carried out by the PMC last year after complaints of increased mosquitoes and dengue cases,” he said.
As far as the garbage dump was concerned, Joint Municipal Commissioner and In-charge of PMC’s Solid Waste Management department Dnyaneshwar Molak said, “Disposal of the wet waste above 100 kilograms was the responsibility of the institute. I will find out what was the case with the dry waste there.”