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Will not allow politics at State-run hospitals, says Chief Minister

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the inauguration of a fair price pharmacy at the State-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday.— Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the inauguration of a fair price pharmacy at the State-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday.— Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Tuesday that her government will not allow people to indulge in “politics” at State-run hospitals.

“Those who will perform well will be appreciated but we will keep a record of those who make attempts to sabotage,” said Ms. Banerjee inaugurating a fair price medicine shop at the State-run SSKM Hospital.

Hospitals are not the place where people should die because of others’ mistakes, she said, adding that she had reports that people have died because of being administered banned drugs.

Ms. Banerjee, who also holds the additional portfolio of the State’s Health Department, directed the officials of the department to put a list of banned drugs on its website to prevent the use of such drugs.

Criticising the previous Left Front government, Ms. Banerjee said they had put the State Health Department on a “sleep mode”.

“Instead of keeping quiet, they [Left Front] are making huge noises. Had they planned something for the Health Department, we would not have to face such problems,” Ms. Banerjee said.

On the issue of the infant deaths reported at various State-run hospitals, Ms. Banerjee said the problem had existed even in the past.

Citing the reasons of malnutrition of pregnant mothers, low birth weight of newborn babies and non-institutional delivery resulting in infant deaths, she said that along with newborn children of the State, infants from Bihar also come for treatment in the State-run hospitals.

“While the Left Front government had set up six SNCUs [sick neonatal care units] over the past 34 years, we have increased it to 28 so far. By March, we will further increase it to 40,” Ms. Banerjee said.

She claimed that her government had brought the neonatal mortality rate from 23 (out of every 1000 born) in the past to 19 at the present.

Ms. Banerjee said her government will set up 10 “mother-child hubs” in different State-run hospitals where treatment and necessary care will be given to pregnant mothers and infants.


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