Turning a ward of maternity hospital for child care isn’t a pediatric hospital
Srinagar: Civil Society Forum Kashmir (CFSK) has asked the government to come clean on the promise of a new pediatric hospital in the valley.
IN a statement issued here, CSFK asked whether designating a floor in maternity hospital at Bemina was all the government was giving in lieu of a new pediatric Hospital.
“The Government had promised a full-fledged pediatric hospital in Kashmir and instead what they are doing is turning a floor within the under construction maternity hospital at Bemina into child care hospital. If this is all that the Government wants to do then they are playing with the lives of our children,” the statement said.
The statement said that it was highly condemnable and a criminal discrimination with the children and infants of Kashmir & Ladakh regions.
“There is need for a 300 bedded Pediatric hospital which was acknowledged by Government of India and state Government after hundreds of infants and children lost their lives in GB Panth Hospital. Even an amount of Rs 5 Crore was given by Government of India to start the Project but due to no consensus on the location of the hospital the project continued to get delayed.”
It said that the government out of the three options govewrment had for constructing a pediatric hospital, Children Park near LD Hospital was considered to be the most logical but “out of blue an unfortunate development has taken place and a decision has been taken by government to construct a floor in the new Maternity Hospital at Bemina and declare it as a new pediatric hospital.”
CSFK appealed to the Chief Minister and Health Minister to fulfill their commitment of making a separate pediatric Hospital in Srinagar.
It also appealed different sections of the society to come together and raise this issue for the betterment of child health care.