Updated: January 2, 2020 9:49:47 pm
Facing flak over the deaths of at least 100 infants at Kota’s JK Lon Hospital Thursday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the issue shouldn’t be politicised, adding that his government is sensitive to the deaths.
“The government is sensitive to the death of sick infants in JK Lon Hospital in Kota. There should no politics over the issue. Infant mortality at this hospital is steadily decreasing. We will try to reduce it further. It is our top priority that mothers and children remain in good health,” Gehlot stated in a tweet. “We also established an ICU for children in Kota in 2011,” he added.
The Rajasthan CM’s remarks came in the backdrop of criticism by the BJP and BSP, who accused the state government of being insensitive. Gehlot further stated that the aim of ‘Nirogi Rajasthan’ was a priority for the government and an expert team from the Centre could further help improve health services in the state. “We are ready to improve medical services in the state through discussions and cooperation with an expert team from the Centre,” he said.
श्रीमती वाड्रा अगर यू.पी. में राजनीतिक नौटंकी करने की बजाय उन गरीब पीड़ित माताओं से जाकर मिलतीं,जिनकी गोद केवल उनकी पार्टी की सरकार की लापरवाही की वजह से सूनी हो गई है तो उन परिवारों को कुछ सांत्वना मिलती।
इनको किसी की न चिंता है,न कोई संवेदना, जनसेवा नहीं सिर्फ राजनीति करनी है।
— Yogi Adityanath Office (@myogioffice) January 2, 2020
UP Chief Minister Adityanath slammed Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi over the deaths and said, “Had Priyanka Vadra met the aggrieved mothers in Rajasthan, instead of doing political gimmicks in UP, then those families might have got some consolation.”
Gehlot invites Union Health Minister to see ‘best facilities’ provided
The Rajasthan Chief Minister urged Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to visit the state-run JK Lon hospital and see for himself the “best facilities” which are provided there.
“I telephoned Central Health Minister @drharshvardhan ji and requested him to visit #Kota personally so that he can see the best of facilities and proper management by State Health Department and get himself apprised of the facts,” Gehlot tweeted.
He further wrote, “Harsh Vardhan ji is himself a doctor and if he visits the hospital in #Kota, it will also clarify the situation for people, who are giving reaction mischievously, knowingly, unknowingly and also innocently.”
Centre to send ‘high-level team’ to Kota
The Centre has decided to send a high-level team comprising experts from AIIMS, Jodhpur, and health economists to Kota. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Centre was ready to provide any technical help or assistance.
We’ll do our best to prevent further deaths, I assured him fully.#KotaChildDeaths
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) January 2, 2020
“Let us ensure no child succumbs to preventable causes or due to lack of health system capacity,” Vardhan wrote to Gehlot.
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