Needed: Government Clarification

The disturbing development of suspension of the planned new government children's hospital at Bemina Srinagar has shocked people in the state.An in depth analysis of the circumstances at the government administrative level makes one safely conclude that this suspension is a reflection of administrative inefficiency and misplaced priorities of the political executive.That the government had initially roped in an external agency with relevant experience in the development of state-of-the-art hospital architecture was a wise decision.However, what is intriguing is the sudden suspension of the hospital project and initiation of steps that would see construction of only a maternity hospital, that too with highly flawed technical standards. The tragic deaths of over 3000 children at GB Pant Government Children’s Hospital in the last three years is a big enough tragedy for this state to afford yielding to any financial or political "compulsions". Given the past learning, the government must suspend construction of the maternity hospital based on the design of the J&K Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) This agency may have some experience in brick and mortar engineering but a modern hospital would require state-ofthe-art medical engineering expertise that would fulfill the medical needs of the state's children that are not met by the current hospitals. Given the highly precarious healthcare situation in the state, particularly in Kashmir valley, it is the government's moral obligation to overcome whatever hindrances it may be facing, and build the children and maternity hospital as planned - guided by the best architectural standards available in the sector. For the sake of democratic accountability and transparency the government must come up with a statement clarifying its position.It is also important for the state's civil society to hold the state to account for such actions. There is absolutely no room for administrative inefficiency - this state's growing hallmark - or politicking on such an important matter concerning the lives and wellbeing of the state's children and expectant mothers.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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