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3,828 infants died in Srinagar hospital since 2008: govt

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, October 08, 2012
First Published: 20:02 IST(8/10/2012) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(8/10/2012)

In a shocking revelation, the state government on Monday said 3,828 infants have died at the valley's lone pediatric hospital, GB Pant Hospital, in the past four years.

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According to the government figures, at least three infants died a day since 2008.

"Death is death. It has to be controlled. A charge sheet has been filed against the former medical superintendent of the GB Pant Hospital, Javaid Chaudhary, under J&K classification control and applied rules," state health minister RS Chib told the assembly.

The hospital hit headlines earlier in 2012 when it registered unprecedented deaths of more than 310 kids from January to May. The high mortality rate cost the then superintendent his chair.

"Director Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, who was the inquiry officer in the case, has submitted his report. It is under active consideration of the government," said Chib.

The house was told that 636 infants died this year till date, while 886 infant deaths were reported last year. In 2010, the number of infants who died at the hospital was 882. During 2008 and 2009, 830 and 594 infant deaths were recorded respectively.

The deaths sparked a spate of street protests with people demanding a new hospital for child care in Srinagar. Though chief minister Omar Abdullah had promised new hospital then, but nothing has been done till date.

Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party castigated the government for making Dr Chaudhary a scapegoat.

"How can you hold a poor doctor responsible for the entire mess, when there is an existing hierarchy in place?" said PDP MLA Murtaza Khan.


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