GOVT DENTAL COLLEGE: Outdated equipment risks lives of students

GOVT DENTAL COLLEGE: Outdated equipment risks lives of students

SHAFAQ SHAH

SRINAGAR: Outdated training equipment at Government Dental College here is not only affecting the quality of education but also poses threat to lives of students.
So much so that a final year student received 2nd degree burns on her neck while working on an obsolete spirit burner in Prosthodontics department of the college a few days ago.
“She would have been engulfed in flames, had other students and some doctors not come to her help and rushed her to the hospital. But our administration and senior doctors don’t find it an issue worthy to be noticed. They just say ‘these things happen,’” a group of students told Kashmir Reader.
They said that the student was operating a spirit-run acrylization unit – an instrument for converting the wax teeth into permanent dentures.
“Across the globe, people now use a proper acrylization unit which runs on electricity. But here we use spirit burner and risk our lives, because the chemical used in the process of acrylization is highly inflammable,” the students  said.
“Our colleague had a close shave, and survived. But you never know who will be the next victim of these flames,” they said.
Head of Department (Prosthodontics), Dr Sandeep Kour downplayed the incident.  “There is no need to worry.  Such incidents happen. When you cook food at home, your hands also get superficial burns,” Kour  said.
The dental college was in news recently for its lack of infrastructure and inadequate dental equipments. A team of Dental Council of India who visited the hospital couple of months ago prepared a list of equipments which were not present in the hospital, and one amongst them was  a proper acrylization unit.
“We have to pool in money to buy equipments for our department. If the administration doesn’t have money for buying our equipment, then they should wind up the college’” the students fumed.
The Medical Superintendent of the college, Dr Kaiser refused to comment. “We cannot say anything about it. This is the issue of the concerned department”.