A comprehensive plan for providing effective healthcare facilities to children has not been fully implemented by the Medical Education Department in Jammu and Kashmir,where over 1,400 children deaths have been reported since January last year.
The proposal,running into seven pages,was submitted on May 9 last year to the Government Medical College,Srinagar,which has the administrative control over all the associated hospitals in the Valley,by the head of the G B Pant Children’s Hospital,according to documents of Medical Education Department accessed by a news agency.
There are no records in the department to suggest that action has been taken on all the recommendations which also favoured strengthening of faculty and doctors in the pediatrics wing.
G B Pant Hospital has been at the centre of a controversy in the Valley following reports that more than 1,400 children died at the hospital since January 1,2011.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has announced several steps to improve the situation at the Valley’s only pediatrics hospital which included construction of a 200-bed hospital near the SMHS hospital.
The measures announced this year by the state government in the wake of the controversy over infant deaths are part of the proposal submitted last year by the then head of the Children’s Hospital.
Construction of a new 200-bedded Children Health Institute with provision to expansion of bed strength to 480 along with creation of super specialities in the department of pediatrics near Government Medical College Srinagar is among the key suggestions made in the document.