Gorakhpur Tragedy: WB Takes Stock Of Healthcare Situation

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Kolkata: The death toll in Gorakhpur tragedy rose to 63 after an 11-year-old child died due to encephalitis at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital on Saturday. Sources said senior officials at the West Bengal Medical Services Corporation (WBMSC) swung into action and cross-checked due payments, medicine supply chains and maintenance of government-run hospitals in the state.

“We don’t want to take any chances and are ensuring that things are on track. So, far we have not found any major issues. Some minor issues will be resolved soon,” a senior official at WBMSC said.

“We have two wings  procurement wing and engineering wing. Our job is to efficiently procure and supply quality drugs and medicines in time to all hospitals, efficient procurement of equipment and regular maintenance of the same, including supply of chemicals and reagents to all hospitals and medical colleges.”

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, has been serious about the healthcare facility in hospitals and has paid surprise visits to hospitals in the past.

The state bagged second place for the highest reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) among all the states in the country. In 2011, the IMR was alarming – 32. In six years, the State Health Department has been able to reduce it to 26.

Meanwhile, the state health department has alerted all the government run hospitals especially children units to take precautionary measures and were ordered to be extra vigilant in case of supply chain.