With the death of one more infant on Saturday, at the state government run JK Lon hospital here, the toll touched 107 since December 1, officials said. A multi- discilplinary team of the Union minstry of health and family welfare, sent on Thursday, began a probe into the deaths.
Chief medical and health officer, Kota, Dr BS Tanwar said that the team will investigate the reasons behind the infant daths after interacting with the hospital authorities and wil also track the private hospitals and other gorvernment run health centers from where such infants were referred. "The central team will give its report to the GoI (Government of India) and also the Rajasthan government", he said.
A team of the experts and pediatricians including Dr Kuldeep Singh, head of the pediatrics and dean academics, AIIMS Jodhpur, Dr Deepak Saxena, senior regional director, Rajasthan, H&FW, GoI, Dr Arun Singh, professor of neonatology, AIIMS Jodhpur and dr Himanshu Bhushan advisor, NHSRC, MOHFW visited the hospital and sought information about the hospital and infant deaths.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had sought and explanation from Gehlot on Friday and asked state incharge Avinash Pande to discuss the issue with the party leadership. She had also asked state Congress chief Sachin Pilot to visit the hospital and assess the situation.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Pajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma had earlier claimed that the number of infant deaths at the hospital was less compared to the number of deathsduring the previous BJP regime. Gehlot had said that the government acted quickly and initiated immidiate measures after the deaths. Meanwhile, deputy chief minister and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot termed his government's response to infant's deaths at the hospital as 'not satisfactory' and added that accountability should be fixed on people who are responsible for the situation. Pilot talked to media persons after visiting aggrieved families at the hospital on Satuday said that "The death of so many infants at the JK Lon Hospital in less time is heart wrenching and it has shaken up the whole country, as it's mostly the poorest among poor who comes to the hospital."
Regarding the deaths, superintendent of the hospital, Dr Suresh Chand Dulara said that maintenance of gthe equipment is being undertaken and new equipment and staff are being brought in.
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