Dehradun: Deaths of four infants in less than two months at a village in Chakrata area, barely 150 km away from the state capital Dehradun, has put a question mark on the claims of the BJP government of having improved the health services in the state. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also holds the health portfolio.
On Thursday, a three-month-old girl died due to high fever and pneumonia at village Buraswa in Chakrata. She was rushed to the nearest health centre, which was found locked, the locals claimed. The infant died as she failed to get medical attention on time.
The incident has created unrest, with locals protesting against the abysmal health services in the region.
“Health units in the Chakrata area are reeling under acute shortage of doctors and health staff, affecting residents of over 200 villages…it is ironic that despite being just a couple of hours away from the state capital, our kids are dying in the absence of timely treatment,” Nirmal Singh, one of the villagers told HT.
“Even for a small health problem, we are forced to travel over more than 30-50 kms as there are no doctors or trained health staff in most of the health centres in villages,” said Usha Devi, another resident.
The health department, meanwhile, has ordered a probe into the deaths. Director general (health) Dr D S Rawat told Hindustan Times that Dehradun’s chief medical officer (CMO) has been asked to conduct an enquiry into the death of the infant and action will be taken against those who are found guilty of negligence in duty.
“Also, we are currently in the process of recruiting doctors to fulfil the shortage and should be able to deploy them in the (Chakrata) area soon. We’re also asking our field health staff to maintain a constant contact with locals to ensure that they don’t approach (for medical attention) when a health problem becomes serious,” Rawat said.
May 18: A three-month-old girl dies due to lack of timely treatment
May 15: A newborn dies due to lack of post-birth care
April 14: A three-month-old baby boy dies due to high fever
March 31: Another newborn dies to lack of post-birth care