Taj’s statement on infant deaths irresponsible: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan today said that the statement made by Minister for medical education Taj Mohi-ud-Din wherein he blames winter as a cause for infant deaths is irresponsible and irrational.

In a statement issued here, Dr Hassan said that the Minister should know that neither winter vagaries are new to Kashmir nor is Chili-a-Kalan visiting here for the first time. “Our mothers are not giving birth to babies in winter for the first time. Minister saying that only prayers will save infants is unscientific as doctors are scientists not faith healers and they gadgets to save patients. This unkind and dispassionate commentary on our infant deaths by the minister is infuriating and unacceptable” he said.

“The 131 infant deaths in 44 days at LD hospital and GB pant hospital is an eye opener for policy makers and their heads should bow in shame. They should own the responsibility of failure to control infant mortality and step down on moral grounds; but unfortunately Minister has hurt the sentiments and emotions of people by making reckless comments.”

DAK said that the government constituting a committee to probe the infant deaths which is an eyewash to defuse the public outcry.

“We have seen the fate of probes by commissions/committees in past. They were put in trash. In 2010 infant deaths in GB pant hospital nobody was booked for murder. Government appoints commissions to probe against its own wrongdoings. What will they probe?” he asked

He said government was never serious or concerned over infant deaths but only befooling people by probes to cover up their irregularities.

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