35 newborn babies have died in the last 15 days at Srinagar's GB Pant hospital and more than 359 babies have died in the last five months. Will the J&K Government punish the guilty and take immediate action ?
This is the Kashmir's only paediatric facility. While, just within a 5 KM radius of this facility, Srinagar is proud to show off two world-class golf courses, there are only 3 ventilator machines for the thousands of children who come to treatment to the the nearby GB Pant.
Isn't this some kind of wrong prioritisation? Isn't this is inefficiency of epic proportions. Isn't this Murder? Shouldn't there should be a criminal investigation into this? Shouldn't those responsible for cutting short the lives of these children be held accountable? Shouldn't the culprits be arrested and charges pressed against whosoever is responsible. If death by negligence of young children isn't a crime, what is?
Newspaper reports quote over-worked doctors saying that asphyxiation has been the cause in almost 98 percent of the deaths reported in the hospital. The facility needs more ventilators and staff. Instead Kashmir’s lone paediatric hospital has been allocated an annual budget of Rs 13 crore only.
Our demands are very simple.
A) Over and beyond the scope of the administrative enquiry ordered by the CM, a criminal investigation be started into the alarmingly high number of deaths at the G B Pant Hospital.
B) Staff and resources be allocated on a priority basis to the hospital so that the deaths can be prevented.
Young children going to the hospital seeking medical attention shouldn't come back home in coffins. No parent should bear that burden. No society should allow such a crime to happen under it's watch.
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