Launch Campaign for New Children Hospital in City
Srinagar – Civil Society Forum Kashmir (CSFK) today organized a Candle light vigil and also launched a signature campaign to press for the demand of construction of a new Children Hospital in Srinagar.
Eminent people from all walks of the society participated in the event and supported the concern. After the public hue and cry over the abnormal number of deaths that were taking place in the sole Child care hospital in the valley GB Panth, the state govt. had announced that a new hospital would be constructed near Bemina. But due to unknown reasons the work on the project hasnt been started yet. In a statement issued the CSFK asserted, More than 100 days have passed since the govt had announced that a new hospital will be constructed soon, but not even a stone has moved at the construction site. We cannot let this happen as, in this case every single hour matters.
The CSFK appealed to the government that the work on the hospital should be started at the earliest and all the hurdles coming its way should be removed. Let us for once try and take this one project on a fast track basis. After all this the mater of the lives of our young ones, said the CSFK statement. At the event it was deliberated that for a hospital like GB Panth it was not possible to cater to the growing number of the child population and if we have to make sure that our future generations dont suffer we will have to make better health care facilities available to them.
The group also stated that each candle being lit here is to remember those children who died because of the lack of proper health care facilities available. On the occasion the gathering also demanding action against those people responsible for the mess that was accumulated in the GB Panth hospital over the years. A signature campaign was also launched at the occasion. Soon a petition comprising these signatures would be sent to the CM, Governor, concerned ministers and the Union Health Minister. The CSFK also wanted to bring the attention of the authorities towards filling of pediatric vacancies in district hospitals. With this a lot of relief can be brought to the people from rural areas. With lack of availability of doctors these people are left with no option but to rush to the city centre for any kind of child health care.
(Observer News Service)
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