Infant mortality in FAAMCH Congress & AIUDF demand probe
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 6: The Congress and the AIUDF seem to have teamed up on the issue of the recent infant mortality in FA Ahmed Medical College and Hospital (FAAMCH), both the parties demanding an inquiry into the incident.
Talking to the media at Koi-Dhora in Guwahati on Friday, former State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: “We want a judicial inquiry into the infant mortality at Barpeta Medical College. The incident has unveiled the true picture of the State Health Department. There have been serious lapses that have led to the deaths of infants. Himanta Biswa Sarma has been Health Minister in the State for a long time, and he hasn’t been paying attention to such issues. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal has been mum on the issue.”
Meanwhile, addressing the press at Rajiv Bhawan in the city later in the day, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora demanded either a high-level or judiciary inquiry into the infant mortality in Barpeta Medical College in the State. “Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma should have stepped down owning moral responsibility of the incident. Since he hasn’t taken such a step, the Chief Minister should sack him as the Health Minister.”
Speaking in the same vein, AIUDF general secretary Abdul Rahim Khan demanded an inquiry into the incident by an independent commission to be headed either by a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India or the High Court. Talking to newsmen in the city on Friday, Khan said that the next of kin of the deceased infants should be compensated with cash. He also demanded development of medical infrastructure in the medical college and appointment of adequate number of doctors and other medicos.