February 12, 2010 1:27:26 am
A delegation comprising six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs,headed by Dr Harsh Vardhan,visited Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged persons in Rohini on Thursday to look into the causes of the recent deaths.
Twenty-three people have died in the last three months at the home which is run by the Social Welfare department of the Delhi government. Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra today said he had set up an internal BJP committee to look into the causes of the deaths.
The team found the basic amenities at the home were not up to the mark. The report submitted to Malhotra reads: there was a foul smell in the rooms and the place was overcrowded. More than 700 people are living at the home against its capacity of 350.
People with severe difficulties live in the same rooms as children and in spite of geysers,children are not given baths for several days, the report says.
It goes on to mention that children are the worst affected and several suffer from skin diseases as well.
There was a lack of caretakers with only one looking after 40 children,the report further states. It adds most patients are not diagnosed timely and suffer the consequences of the delay.
Harsh Vardhan,Kulwant Rana,S C L Gupta,Anil Jha and Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal were part of the delegation.
The committee members said during the time they spent at the home,three new patients were brought in and despite the fact that Asha Kiran has two ambulances,the staff members brought the patients to the home on foot.
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