Photo: PTI
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SC notice to Centre, Rajasthan govt on PIL seeking probe into infant deaths in Kota

PIL seeks setting up of a committee to look into the causes and lapses in government-run hospitals at Kota

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and Rajasthan government on a public interest litigation seeking for setting up a high power committee under the supervision of retired Supreme Court justices for looking into the causes and lapses in government-run hospitals at Kota, which led to the death of newborns in the country.

“The recent tragedy at Kota, Rajasthan has reached a proportion and scales that the heart of every common man of country bleeds for those infants who have become the victim of systemic rot which has been prevailing in our health infrastructure across the country. If this rot is not set right at the earliest possible time and the appropriate decision is not taken. The situation would spiral out of control and health anarchy forces a decision on us. In this respect it is submitted that complete overhauling of the health infrastructure is required to be done at war footing level to save and protect the citizen of the country and the constitutional guarantee to right to life under article 21 of the Constitution of India must be enforced," the petition reads.

The plea prays for a direction for taking adequate corrective measures to bring the quality of the government hospitals at par with the global best standards recommended by world health Organization (WHO) and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare providers (NABH) and direction to the Centre for ensuring the mandatory lives saving infrastructural facilities and medical devices like Infusion Pumps, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP) machines, Monitors, Ventilators, Oxygen Cylinders, Temperature/Humidity control, Neonatal Transport System etc.

It has further prayed for direction to the Centre, Ministry of Health and Welfare and State of Rajasthan among others for formulation of national policy for filling up the vacancies of qualified doctors, nurses, para medical staffs trained in newborn care & their continuous training in newborn care in proportionate to the state wise population of the country.

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