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104 infants die in Kota hospital,yet CM Gehlot say lowest compared to last 5-6 years

On Thursday, Gehlot spoke on the infant deaths in Kota stating that the number of infant deaths has steadily been declining in the state

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Friday that the Kota infants’ death toll has been the lowest as compared to the last five-six years. Four more infants have died in the first two days of January at the JK Lon hospital in Kota, taking the death toll to 104, officials said.

Ashok Gehlot said during BJP was in power in the state around 100 children died. Ashok Gehlot also said that the expert team had already visited the hospital and the media is only creating a bigger issue.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday spoke with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and informed him about the situation in the Kota hospital where 104 infants have died. The state government has backed over the infants’ deaths over the alleged unhygienic conditions at the district hospital.

Speaking to Media, Gehlot alleged that some persons have been indulging in mischief regarding the situation at the Kota hospital.

On Thursday, Gehlot spoke on the infant deaths in Kota stating that the number of infant deaths has steadily been declining in the state. Earlier in the day, the JK Lon Hospital in Kota reported four more infant deaths at the start of the new year taking the toll to 104, following which the toll has once again risen. The Chief Minister also stated that the state government was working towards reducing the Infant Mortality Ratio (IMR) and the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in Rajasthan as well.

Earlier, Ashok Gehlot had asked Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, to come and inspect the situation in Kota personally so that he can see the facilities in the hospital. “I have telephoned Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and requested him to visit Kota personally so that he can see the best of facilities and proper management by the state’s Health Department and get himself apprised of the facts,” said Gehlot.

Gehlot also said that if Dr. Harsh Vardhan himself visited the hospital in Kota, it will “clarify” the situation for the people, who are giving reactions to the deaths mischievously, knowingly, unknowingly or even innocently.

Several broken windows and gates, pigs roaming inside the hospital premises and acute shortage of staff were among the findings of the apex child rights body NCPCR during an inspection of JK Lone Hospital in Kota. The BJP has targeted the Congress government in Rajasthan over the infant deaths has also formed a committee comprising of four MPs to look into the matter. In the panel, Lok Sabha MPs Jaskaur Meena, Locket Chatterjee, and Bharati Pawar, and Rajya Sabha MP Kanta Kardam have been asked to submit its report within three days to the party’s working president J P Nadda.

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