Infants health scenario in Rajkot not so healthy

Rajkot: While the row over 269 infants death in the home town of Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani continues, the Rajkot infant health scenario does not seem to be healthy either.

Rajkot civil hospital in December 2019 month alone has reported 111 infants death and 158 deaths in the month of October and November 2019. Efforts to find reasons behind these alarming figures when cross checked with the ongoing School Health Program revealed some shocking statistics. In past one month 36884 children of Rajkot district and city were suffering from anemia. 21,372 children were with teeth problems, over 3100 with skin diseases, over 2260 with problems of eye vision and other problems related to heart, cancer and ears. The figures were obtained from 3,07,305 children who underwent check up at entire Rajkot district under the programme which began on November 25, 2019.

Rajkot district health officer Dr Mitesh Kumar Bhanderi speaking to First India said, “there are around 100 deliveries that take place in the district per month. There are around 100 sub district hospitals and they all are equipped with good facilities. Ideally only complicated deliveries are referred to Rajkot being a bigger center.”

When asked about the alarming figures revealed in school health program, Dr Bhanderi said, “children found anemic generally suffer from intestinal infection and iron deficiency. Nutrition is a challenge for infants of temporary industriala d agricultural migrants. Personal hygiene is also an issue and dental caries is an issue which needs to be properly addressed.”

Congress speaks on the issue: Under the leadership of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Samiti President Amit Chavda, Congress in Rajkot staged dharna on Monday outside the hospital questioning the role of Vijay Rupani. Chavda, before sitting for dharna, took stalk of the situation at the hospital. “We are meeting CM on Tuesday with all the counsellors from Rajkot on this issue.” Congress Oppn leader Vashram Sagathiya said. Revealing details of insufficient staff at the hospital a senior congress member said, “of the 12 post of child specialist doctors, 10 are vacant. Of 12 orthopedic specialist required, 11 posts are vacant. There are 8 posts of physician and surgical staff each vacant. The prime duty of the government is to first fill the posts.”