Infection in mother’s womb, malnutrition blamed for neonatal deaths
Srinagar, Nov 28: The Medical superintendent G B Pant Hospital has submitted the latest status report in the High Court confirming that infection in mothers’ womb and their malnutrition are responsible for the neonatal deaths in the hospital.
Following the submission of the report, the court directed the Director Health Services Kashmir and Director National Health Rural Mission to file separate comprehensive reports about the steps taken to arrest the vulnerability of women to the infections causing neonatal mortality.
A bench of High Court comprising Justices Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Muzaffar Hussain Attar also asked the two Directors to furnish details about the implementation of schemes floated by the state and central governments in respect of mothers reeling under malnutrition. “How and in which manner the same is being implemented,” the Court asked.
The court passed the directions on a clubbed matter of Public Interest Litigation after Medical superintendent G B Pant Hospital filed status report underling the reasons that infection in the womb of mothers and their malnutrition are responsible for the neonatal deaths.
Meanwhile, the court directed the Director Health Services Kashmir and Director National Health Rural Mission to remain present on the next date of hearing of the case.
The court directed the state government and J&K Public Service Commission to take the selection and appointment process of medicos and paramedics to the conclusion following a report submitted by the government indicating the steps taken with regard to making good the dearth of staff in the hospital.
The Court, however, directed the secretary SSB to remain present on next date of hearing as he has not filed status report with regard to the selection process in keeping with earlier directions of the court.
Social activist Tanveer Hussain Khan, Dr Rouf Mohi-ud-Din Malik and a US- based Kashmiri Lawyer Mufti Shoukat Farooqi had filed public Interest Litigations seeking directions for an inquiry into infant deaths and other issues relating to healthcare in GB Pant hospital.