The century-old Sealdah NRS Medical College has been on its grounds the whole Friday afternoon? The causes? A venomous snake of the Russell’s Viper variant has been terrifying the whole hospital. About 3 pm on Friday, a man working inside the medical godown of the hospital suddenly detected a snake crawling out from under a table. Hearing the man’s howl, the rest of the staves rushed to the site. After some digging around, it was discovered that the serpent was a poisonous Russell’s Viper.
With some attempt, a worker captured it in a bottle and took it to the hospital superintendent. Following the chain of incidents, the snake was finally delivered to the forest department.
The snake has been located at various places in the hospital over the last few days. The hospital management were cautioned numerous times but to no avail. It is being hypothesized that the snake might have escaped from a pond near the hospital due to the rainy season. This produces a grave danger to the relatives of many sufferers who come from far-off places and often spend the night in the hospital and near the pond.
With conditions like this, anything can occur. Killing snakes is incorrect, but the way the snake has been loitering around in the hospital, we were terrorised all night,” said one of the relatives. “The hospital management tried to contact the forest department to save the snakes and take them elsewhere., otherwise some serious trouble might occur someday,” he added.
In 1864 the bygone British government outlined plans to erect a hospital owing to the political and social pressure which was generated after the Sepoy Rebellion. In accordance, the Sealdah Municipal Hospital was incorporated in the Sealdah Market Building. In 1873 it became the Sealdah Medical School, later renamed the Campbell Medical School and Campbell College. In 1950, the name of this medical college was converted to Nilratan Sarkar Medical College in reflection of alumnus and freedom fighter Nilratan Sarkar.