The situation in Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, Rajasthan, continues to worsen as the death toll of infants has reached 107 on Saturday. The death toll climbed over a hundred since December last year at the hospital with seven deaths taking place in January 2020.

 Lok Sabha Speaker & MP from Kota, Om Birla met the family members of one of the infants who died in JK Lon Hospital today.

In the wake of the incident, Birla, and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had even written to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to look into the matter.

“In view of the increasing number of untimely deaths of infants in JK Lone Maternal and Child Hospital in Kota, I am sending a reminder letter to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, urging to strengthen medical facilities,” Om Birla tweeted. 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said,” I have written a letter to Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot requesting him to look into the matter. We have assured all kind of support from our side. The number of deaths is definitely higher this time compared to last few years,” 

Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati demanded that Gehlot be sacked over the incident.

In the series of tweets, Mayawati slammed the Rajasthan government and CM Gehlot over Kota hospital deaths. Mayawati said it is ‘extremely shameful and condemnable’ that the government is hiding its shortcomings and playing the blame game.

She further added that Congress should not just express concern about deaths but should immediately dismiss the faulters and hire rightful people in power.

Meanwhile, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi also demanded a detailed report from the Gehlot government over the issue.

The Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot sought Central Government’s suggestion to improve the medical facilities in the state and urged the party leaders to refrain from politicising the issue.

The incident in question came to light following an incident that took place on December 23-24 at the JK Lone Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, where the infants were admitted in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Of the ten infants who saw the most unfortunate and untimely death, four were aged 1-4 days, three were aged between one-and-a-half to five months, and the rest two infants were aged nine months and one year, respectively. Six of them died on December 23, while the rest four passed away on December 24.

Dr. Amrit Lal Bairwa, head of the Pediatrics Department at the hospital cited that the newborns had “low-birth-weight and hypothermia.”  

Courtesy : DNA

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