Kota Child Death Toll Rise


Officials said that two more infants died on Friday at JK Lone Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, now the death toll has risen to 107. In December 2019, 100 infants died in a government-run hospital and seven additional deaths occurred in January 2020. The state government claimed that in the period from 2014 to 2019, the death rate was the lowest in 2019. On the other hand, the BJP demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on moral grounds over the death of infants in Kota. Today, a medical committee from the center has gone to the hospital in Kota for investigation.

The BJP sent a three-member committee of its MPs to Kota Hospital this week to take stock of the situation on the instructions of its executive chairman JP Nadda. Lok Sabha Speaker and Kota MP Om Birla has met the family members of one of the infants at JK Lone Hospital. Today, a medical committee from the center has gone to the hospital in Kota for investigation. The committee, which visited JK Lone Hospital, claimed that there was administrative laxity and asked CM Ashok Gehlot and Health Minister to come to Kota to take necessary action.

Family members of several children had earlier claimed serious condition in hospital, severe staff shortage, lack of medical equipment and in some cases not responding in a timely manner. On the other hand, officials said on Friday that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Government of Rajasthan since the beginning of December on the death of more than 100 infants in a government hospital in Kota.

The state health minister, Raghu Sharma, also sought to shift the blame for the death of infants on the erstwhile BJP government led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Sharma suggested that before the BJP government was in power, the Congress government had approved to increase beds in the hospital, but this did not happen even after the Raje government came to power. In Bundi district of Rajasthan, 10 newborns have died within a month.


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