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‘Crib deaths down,health sector is govt priority’…

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today laid the foundation stone for a night shelter for relatives of patients at Bidhan Chandra Roy Children’s Hospital,which hit the headlines recently for recurring crib deaths.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today laid the foundation stone for a night shelter for relatives of patients at Bidhan Chandra Roy Children’s Hospital,which hit the headlines recently for recurring crib deaths.

Mamata said,“The Rs 4 crore night shelter,‘Ashray’,will house up to 100 relatives of patients. It will come up in the next six months. In the health sector,we have concentrated on child health.”

Dismissing allegations of increasing crib deaths,she said,“When we assumed office in Bengal,the rate of crib deaths was around 42 per cent. After the new government started working,the death rate is 30 per cent. The Left Front government did not do anything to develop children’s health. There were only “sick” children’s hospitals. The new government has set up 19 children’s hospitals in the last nine months. All these hospitals are operational now. Five hospitals are under construction and we have plans for 40 more.”

Reiterating her stand,she said “We have done enough in nine months. We are keeping our promises despite the bankruptcy of the state government. In the last nine months nobody has helped us with funds. But we are still working.”

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Since health sector is a priority sector for the state government,Mamata said,the state government has decided to set up 27 super-specialty hospitals. “In the villages,a newborn baby is 500 to 700 grams,while the standard weight of a baby has to be around 2.5 kg,as I have heard. So it can be said that the babies are malnourished here,which causes crib deaths. Moreover,in villages,midwives deliver babies in an unscientific process. But we have started a scheme in which if a village woman can be taken to hospital in a vehicle free of cost.”

She also mentioned that no farmer had committed suicide due to distress sale,but because they were under heavy debt burden.