100 babies die at single hospital in Rajasthan's Kota in a month. A Rajasthan government committee had given a clean chit to the hospital authorities earlier this week and ruled that the infants were given the right treatment.
Kota, January 02: Nothing can be more hazardous to the democracy than, when leaders or rulers in power approach immoral means to defend its delinquency! Well the Congress party in India has been a super suitable specimen of such wrongdoings. While the number of infant deaths in the state of Rajasthan are unfortunately jumping up, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, playing a political gimmick, blatantly noted that the alarming statistic was in fact an improvement over what the previous BJP government had recorded at the same hospital.
This is after the Congress president Sonia Gandhi today pretensed to discuss the tragedy with Avinash Pandey, who is the chief of the Rajasthan Congress, who later reported that Gandhi was upset and wanted to know the reason of the deaths. The centre has also expressed concern at the deaths. "I have written a letter to Ashok Gehlot, asking him to look into the matter. We have assured the government of all support from our side", Health Minister Harshvardhan noted.
"I welcome a specialist delegation of Central government and the state is committed to make Rajasthan 'Nirogi'", said Chief Minister Gehlot. Nirogi is the Congress government's new health scheme, launched after it completed one year. Maternal and child health is a key component of the scheme. The state government in its report admitted that some of the incubators at the hospital used for newborns were not in proper working condition.
The committee, led by secretary medical education and senior doctors who visited the hospital on December 27 to investigate the matter, also pointed out that the extreme cold has made it tougher for babies, already fighting for their life, to survive their illnesses. All the babies who died were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Most of the children were brought to the hospital in a critical condition.
The hospital in Kota is about 250 kms from the state capital of Jaipur. Chief Minister Gehlot today tweeted: "Govt cites figures to say child casualties in JK Lon Hospital in Kota have reduced to 963 this year from 1260 in 2015 and 1193 in 2016 when the state was ruled by BJP. In 2018, 1005 children lost their lives here". On December 27, the team led by the state's Medical Education Secretary. found lapses in the incubation unit of the neonatal unit. Sources said the units were not working properly, and the hospital placed two infants into one incubator due to the shortage.
"We are saddened by this, our responsibility is to give clinical support, several children were brought with critical ailments. BJP can audit if they want, we saved all the children who were in condition to be saved," Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said. "The children have not died because of a single factor. The extreme cold weather is also perhaps an added reason for the sudden spike in deaths as extreme weather affects neo-natals adversely, especially those who are low birthweight," read the report of the three-member committee appointed by the Chief Minister in their subtle defence.