LDF stages walkout over collapse of health sector in Kerala

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015,14:59 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | CPI(M)-led LDF Opposition today attacked the UDF government in Kerala in the Assembly over the alleged collapse of the health sector, particularly in the state’s tribal belt. Even as the government tried to defend itself by stating that there was no dearth of medical facilities like medicines, doctors and para-medical staff, LDF members staged a walkout in protest against government’s refusal to hold a discussion on the ‘pitiable’ condition of state-run hospitals.

Seeking an adjournment motion on the issue, VS Sunilkumar (CPI) lashed out at the government over the lack of facilities in medical centres. Sunilkumar said that a 10-year-old girl at a tribal hamlet at Achankovil in Kollam district died after she failed to get treatment in time.

It is a disgrace for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and State Health Minister VS Sivakumar who asserts that everything in the health sector is perfect, he said. Her life could not be saved because she did not receive right treatment at the right time, he said. He also brought to the notice of the House the death of three infants born to a tribal woman at Wayanad allegedly due to lack of medical help.

Sunilkumar also mentioned about the increase in the number of child deaths in Attapady tribal belt area in the state due to malnutrition and said that 89 children had died in recent times. Non-availability of medicines and shortage of doctors and paramedical staff was the biggest problem faced by government hospitals right from public health centres to medical colleges, he said.

Replying to the notice, Minister Sivakumar said after the government came to power, situation in health sector have improved. This government has created more new posts for doctors and para-medical field, he pointed out.