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Monday, January 28, 2013

Consequence of Crib Death: Hawkers Evicted from MMCH Premises

Malda, Dec 2, 2012: Soon after two Union ministers of state (MoSs) vehemently criticized the state government’s role in arresting cot death and developing infrastructure in Malda Medical College and Hospital, eviction of illegal shops from MMCH premises was done today by instructions of the tourism minister of state and chairman of English Bazaar Municipality (EBM).

This may be mentioned that recently MMCH became the cynosure of the state after odd 90 babies died in MMCH in November after last year’s over 200 crib death cases. The state government had to face several questions about crib death in MMCH. Even the Governor MK Narayanan referred to crib death in Malda in his recent speech in Burdwan.

Tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury was recently appointed the chairman of district patient welfare committee and asked to adopt measures to minimize crib death in MMCH by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr Choudhury held several meetings with MMCH authorities and issued directions to develop patient friendly environment in MMCH.

However, Union health MoS AH Khan Choudhury (Dalu) and urban development MoS Deepa Das Munshi strongly criticized the state government.

They alleged that crib death in Malda has taken an epidemic proportion. “State government is deliberately suppressing the fact on crib death”, said Mr Khan Choudhury  “The government is trying to make an eye wash hiding the fact. We are soon to lodge complaint to Medical Council of India in this regard”, Das Munshi said.

Dalu said, “After the outbreak of crib death in this hospital last year I was promised of taking a lot of steps by the state govt. but nothing has happened so far and the scenario remained same.” 

Within 24 hours after the criticism was made by the Union ministers, tourism minister Choudhury ordered eviction of illegal stalls from MMCH premises. “Such shops have become dens of anti-socials. Now on wards the sanctity of medical college premises would be maintained at any cost. We have started purgation of MMCH. The eviction was part of that,” Choudhury said.

He added that such eviction programme would continue and genuine shop owners would be rehabilitated. He said that Union ministers should not make unfortunate crib death a political issue. “Rather they should concentrate on development,” Choudhury added.

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