SILCHAR, March 12: The death of mother and child in Soi PHC, 15 km from here, recently has outraged public anger and anguish. Minority Development Society of the area, NGO, has blamed the medical staff of the PHC for the painful incident of deaths due to complete negligence. A K Talukdar, secretary of the Society, is however thankful to the joint director of health of Cachar, ADC Baranya Das and the district administration for taking on the spot decision by transferring the sub-divisiol medical and health officer of the PHC, Dr. Surendra Singha and nurses Aleya Begum and Renu Devi Singha following the incident. Jail Abedin has been posted on the place of Dr. Surendra Singha.
While appreciating the prompt action of the administration, it has been suggested that the staff of Soi hospital who are negligent in their duties and allegedly involved in corrupt practices should be subjected to strong action in order to bring about transparency in providing health services. Following demands have therefore been placed before the joint director.
The deaths of mother and child should be investigated and those responsible for the twin tragedy should face suspension and made to pay a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the family of the poor patient Sulofa Begum. A magistrate level inquiry has to be initiated against all the unscrupulous elements of the PHC. Permanent sub-divisiol medical and health officer along with adequate number of doctors should be appointed. As there is large scale corruption in issuing majoni and mamoni cheques, it has to be thoroughly investigated. It is also not clear why the cheques of majoni, delivery of forms and applications of candidates are done only on Thursday. It should be done twice a week.
The Amjurghat sub-centre building of the state government is under the illegal possession of a powerful family of the area, the donor of the land, for a longtime. The family members are using the building for their persol causes. The question that arises is how a building for essential health services to public can be under the occupation of a family, however powerful it may be. People of the area demand immediate and firm action for vacating the premises of the building and allowing the health staff to do their routine works.