Civil Society aghast


Srinagar, Dec 16: Alarmed by the two infant deaths at District Hospital Baramulla allegedly due to non-availability of electricity for over four hours, Civil Society members Sunday voiced serious concern over what they called ‘mismanagement and inability’ of health authorities that led to the ‘unfortunate incident’.
 A civil society initiative, Kashmir Health Forum (KHF), termed the incident as grave. “It is a matter of concern and strict action should be taken against those found responsible,” a spokesman of the Forum said in a statement.
 KHF urged the government to take up the issue seriously and ensure speedy inquiry in a time bound manner.
 The Forum stressed on the accountability of the health care professionals working in the Valley hospitals. “In the wake of harsh winters we appeal government to supply uninterrupted power supply to the hospital to run critical care equipments and heating systems,” he said.
 While condemning the incident member Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) Shakeel Qalander, said the government was yet to learn from its mistakes. “Infant deaths at GB Pant Hospital are not so far that such incidents are taking place in other districts,” he said.
 “The government has miserably failed to upgrade healthcare facilities in the state. Healthcare needs immediate attention otherwise the situation would be pathetic,” he added.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir, renowned Pediatrician, Dr Altaf Hussain attributed the deaths to the “criminal negligence” of health authorities towards the neonates.
 “The authorities very well know about the power scenario in Kashmir so they should have back up generators and switch over system to prevent death of sick neonates in incubators and warmers. These were unfortunate as the deaths could have been avoided,” he said.
 Dr Altaf said a “Better patient care needs better medical infrastructure and not just good wishes and prayers.”
 Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) also expressed its disappointment over the incident. President DAK Dr Nissar-ul-Hassan said the government should make accountability the priority at every level. “There should be through probe and guilty should be punished,” he said.
 Gulam Nabi Monga (MLC) and Vice President, Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee expressed anguish over the death of two neonates.
 He termed the alleged negligence on the part of hospital authorities and doctors on duty, as very unfortunate. Monga demanded stern action against the negligent staff and compensation to the parents of new born infants.
 Muhammad Muzaffar Parray senior vice-president J&K Pradesh Congress has also expressed anguish over the death of Infants and impressed upon Health Department to enquire into the matter.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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