Government ignored DDC’s note of caution
Report Was Compiled On Div Com’s Instructions Following Protests By Attendants On January 26
GB PANT HOSPITAL MESS
Srinagar, June 11: Around 500 tragic infant deaths at the Valley’s lone pediatric specialty, GB Pant hospital this year could have perhaps been avoided had the state government acted on the District Development Commissioner’s February 27 ‘damning report’ about the pathetic condition of the hospital.
Official documents with Greater Kashmir reveal that DDC, Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan vide his letter number DCS/PS/M/SC/11/2897-98 dated: 27-02-2012 had conveyed to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and the state Chief Secretary about the sorry state of affairs at the GB Pant Hospital.
However, the recommendations and suggestions made in the report were ignored by the government leading to further deterioration of the situation there and consequent alarming increase in infant deaths, sources said.
The report prepared by DDC Srinagar says that “the administrative control and the accountability of the staff at GB Pant hospital need to be improved on all fronts as the institute was not functioning in a desirable manner”.
In his report the DDC states that the working of hospital is ‘far from satisfactory’ due to ‘non-availability of staff’ and ‘unhygienic conditions’ there. He says, an inspection team led by Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) was informed by the officials that ‘the major issue affecting the hospital is the dual control by the Medical Education Department and the Army’s Cantonment Board’.
It says the condition of the hospital especially of the toilet block was pathetic as it was not being looked after properly.
According to DDC’s report, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital was told that lapses on account of non-availability of staff ‘shall not be tolerated’ and ‘he shall be responsible for strict adherence of the roaster’.
The report has suggested to the government that a meeting of Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, GB Pant Hospital Administration and Representatives of Army Contentment Board and other departments should be convened to discuss the issues relating to the children hospital administration to improve its overall functioning.
“But, nothing concrete was done by the government after the report was submitted to it,” sources said.
The report was prepared by the DDC on the instructions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to ascertain genuineness of several complaints lodged with his office earlier this year by the attendants at GB Pant hospital.
Following Div Com’s instructions the inspecting officer, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), along with a Tehsildar and SHO of concerned police station visited the GB Pant hospital on January 26 after protests broke out in the hospital against the mismanagement, the report said.
Greater Kashmir had reported how the lack of equipment and staff and unhygienic condition has led to the infant deaths in the hospital this year. The hospital has been facing an acute shortage of trained staff and medical equipment, the reports said.
The hospital had literally become a death trap as more than 500 infants have died due to doctors’ negligence and inadequate health equipment to tackle the crisis in the past five months.
Following the scoop by this newspaper the medical superintendent of hospital was attached and government ordered an enquiry by one-man commission in the ‘hospital mess.’
At a time when the commission’s report is yet to be completed, the fresh revelation has raised question mark that why the government remained silent about the issues before media exposed the mismanagement?
Pertinently, around 500 infants have died at GB Pant Hospital since January this year taking the total death toll during the past 17 months to an alarming 1400 with 900 kids losing their lives at the hospital last year.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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