As if the JK Lon Hospital of Kota in Rajasthan had not been defamed enough already for witnessing the death of 104 children in December alone helplessly, it has earned yet another dubious distinction by brazening it out with feudalist sycophancy. Having supervised the deaths of 963 children in 2019 — and higher casualties in the previous years — the hospital bent over backwards to welcome the state health minister when he decided to pay a visit on Friday.
Mercifully, seeing media presence, they refrained. Nevertheless, they couldn’t hide the fact that the hospital had been painted anew and the ward cleaned to welcome the minister.
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said on Thursday, “We are saddened by this. It is our responsibility to provide medical care to children. Many children were brought in critical conditions. The BJP can conduct an audit if desired. We have rescued all the children who were in the condition of survival.”
Central multi-disciplinary team to study Kota deaths
Meanwhile, the union government is sending a team of experts to Kota on the recommendation of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). It has assured additional assistance to the government of Rajasthan to prevent recurrence of such incidents. “The high-level team being despatched by the ministry includes experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Health Finance and Regional Director, Health Services from Jaipur, which will reach Kota on Friday,” said Harsh Vardhan. The Union health minister informed Chief Minister Gehlot that Rs 91.7 lakh had been advanced to JK Lon Hospital during 2019-20 under the National Health Mission.
In what looks like an epidemic-like situation, the doctors and the health administration cannot figure out how to keep in check this high frequency of deaths. The NCPCR had observed yesterday that only nine of 15 ventilators in the hospital were working and the hospital did not have faculty as the rules demand.
The NCPCR has issued a summons to Chief Medical Officer of Kota BS Tanwar to appear in person before it today to present data on anaemic pregnant women, underweight children, action initiated against negligent authority and preventive measures undertaken to avoid such incidents in future.
The NCPCR has issued a show-cause notice to Secretary in Medical Education Department of Rajasthan Vaibhav Galariya to furnish the action taken report.
Mayawati blasts Rajasthan govt, INC
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has demanded a statement from Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on the death of more than 100 children in a hospital in Kota, Rajasthan. Terming the deaths as “shameful”, she demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi replace Gehlot with someone else as chief minister.
The BSP chief tweeted on Friday that the Rajasthan chief minister was making shamefully political statements. “Congress leaders expressing resentment over the matter is not enough,” Mayawati wrote. She demanded that some heads including that of Gehlot roll, failing which children would keep meeting the horrible fate.
In another tweet, Mayawati said if INC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did not go to Kota to meet the mothers of the dead children, meeting the families of victims from Uttar Pradesh alone would be construed as her political interest and blatant drama. “The people of Uttar Pradesh need to be cautious,” she wrote.