800 children have died in Jharkhand hospitals this year; HC takes cognizance asking for a health report
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 03-Sep-2017
Ranchi, September 3: Recently, the death of children in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand has increased majorly this year. More than 800 children have died in 2 hospitals in Jharkhand this year, with most deaths blamed on encephalitis. Over this incident, the Jharkhand High Court told the government to inform it about the steps the government plans to take to improve the health services in the state.
Out of 800, 660 have died in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi and other 164 have died in Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. RIMS’s Director B.L Sherwal said, “This year 4,855 children were admitted and 4,195 were discharged after being cured. 660 children could not be saved. We have treated and cured about 86.4% of children.”
RIMS said 51% children died out of encephalitis, 17% due to pneumonia and the rest due to malaria, breathing problems, snake bite and under-weight. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has reportedly asked Additional Chief Secretary of the Health Department, Sudhir Tripathy, to personally probe the deaths which took place in the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital and in Gumla's Sadar Hospital also.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Jharkhand government over the death of 52 children at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Jamshedpur in one month.
And meanwhile, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh of Jharkhand HC said on Friday that the state government must take more measures to make primary and the secondary health sectors effective. A large number of patients would not come to district level hospitals when they get health services at lower levels.
Taking cognizance to the report, Justice Singh issued notices to government functionaries asking them to file report on the steps planned for improving health services in two weeks.