Omar should sort out issues with Chib: Soz
GB PANT HOSPITAL MESS
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Aug 3: Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) state president Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz Friday said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should call Medical Education Minister R S Chib to sort out the GB Pant mess and whatever is happening there should be made public.
Prof Soz was reacting to the statement of Omar Abdullah about Dr Javaid Choudhary, former Medical Superintendent (MS) despite there being certain complaints against him in the past. “That is for Medical Education Minister to answer,” Omar had told a Delhi-based news channel.
“Chief Minister is the administrative head and he must call the minister to sort out the mess,” Soz told Greater Kashmir over phone. “CM should simultaneously share the information with people.”
PCC chief added that Chief Minister should also take steps for the betterment of hospital. “He has to take steps for its betterment,” he said.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Naeem Akhter said that everybody stands exposed in this government. “Iss Hamam Main Sab Nangay Hain. Nobody is answerable here to anybody. Let us wait and see how Chief Minister proceeds on his observations,” he said.
State Secretary CPI (M) MY Tarigami said that infant deaths at GB Pant hospital are shameful. “It is shameful for our society. Heads must roll. Deaths must be inquired further,” he said and added that State Vigilance Organization (SVO) is not effectively functional.
Tarigami said Omar is heading the cabinet. “Yes he is running coalition. We do understand that he is the leader of team. He must make team members accountable,” he said and demanded a thorough probe into GB Pant mess.
More than 500 infants have died this year at the hospital, which led to a public outcry. The then Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Javaid Chowdhary was attached pending an inquiry.
In May this year, the state government ordered an inquiry by Director SKIMS Dr Showkat Zargar to probe the high number of infant deaths at the GB Pant hospital here.
Dr Zargar indicted Dr Javaid Chowdhary for the mess.
Dr Zargar submitted the report to the government in the second week of July. The government discussed the report on July 24. “Due to inefficiency of the former MS of the hospital there had been crisis and subsequent deaths,” the report submitted by Dr Zargar has said.
Pertinently, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said that SVO and State Accountability Commission would be tasked to fix the responsibility of GB Pant Hospital mess and subsequent infant deaths.
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