'District Hospital Anantnag leads in infant mortality deaths'

Greater Kashmir

HC Directs State Chief Secretary To Order Probe Into Malpractices

Srinagar, Aug 26: The J&K High Court Monday called the report on infant mortality deaths at District Hospital Anantnag (Islamabad) in south Kashmir as dismal. The Court directed the State Chief Secretary to institute an inquiry to find out why malpractices are rampant at places like District Hospital Anantnag and why disciplinary action has not been initiated against the erring medical officers and others.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir passed the direction after perusing status report filed by the Medical Superintendent of G B Pant Children Hospital in Srinagar, Muneer Massodi, highlighting that District Hospital Anantnag is leading in infant mortality rate despite the fact that National Rural Health Mission has been made available there.
“The inquiry shall be initiated a week after receipt of this order and completed before next date of hearing and the copy of the inquiry report and action taken report shall be placed  on record,” the court said.
Citing the report in its order, the division bench said he (Massodi) has indicated various malpractices prevailing in the District Hospital Anantnag apart from lack of staff which results in complete mismanagement of deliveries because it is entrusted to untrained persons.
 “As a result deformity in children is seen and sometimes while using forceps, the bones of the children are fractured,” the report said.
The Court asked Senior Additional Advocate General J A Kawoosa representing State in the case to study the complete report and the suggestions made by Dr Masoodi. “The suggestions shall be implemented,” the court said.
The court held that it was a necessity to galvanize the administration in the whole State and effective steps are required to be taken to ensure a satisfactory medical care in the hospitals. In compliance of previous court directions the government has filed a status report about the steps taken for the construction of the Super-Specialty Children Hospital at Bemina.
An affidavit filed by the government states that a construction of 200 bedded hospital at Bemina could not commence although funds to the tune of Rs 100 lakhs were released by the Planning department. It also says the land was found insufficient and infeasible.
The affidavit further reveals that a new site has been identified at Dewanbagh adjacent to GMS Srinagar stating further that a detailed project report has been formulated by the Public Works Department (R&B Department) at estimated cost of Rs 6470 crores which has been forwarded to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India for financial assistance.
After perusing the report the division bench asked the government to file an affidavit indicating to study carefully the feasibility report about the construction of the hospital at Dewan Bagh before starting construction. The court said the report should clarify whether the 200 bed capacity of the hospital would confine to the Gynecology and Obstruction or Child sectors also.