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Infant deaths: Karunakaran asks CM, minister to quit

May 04, 2007 12:37 IST
Last Updated: May 04, 2007 14:29 IST

Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader K Karunakaran on Friday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and Health Minister P K Sreemathi over the deaths a large number of new-born babies in the government SAT hospital in Thiruvananthapuram due to infection over the last few months.

Lashing out at the Left Democratic Front government over the issue, Karunakaran said that registering a criminal case against a minister for the lapses in health care system was something unheard of in the history of the state.

Dubbing the LDF rule in the last one year as a total failure, he said it had done nothing to take the state forward, except issuing statements and making hollow claims.

He said that large-scale land grabbing in the Munnar area of Idukki district thoroughly exposed the government's 'ineptitude' and inability to act quickly and decisively.

The police on Friday registered a case against Kerala Health Minister P K Sreemathi and seven others complying with a court directive with regard to the deaths of new-born babies at a government-run hospital.

The Medical College Police registered the case on the directive of the chief judicial mangistrate in Thiruvananthapuram to proceed against the minister and others in connection with the deaths of as many as 38 new-born babies over last few months allegedly due to infections caused by unhygienic conditions at the SAT hospital attached to the medical college.

Issuing the directive on a private complaint, CJM S Gopalakrishnan had on Thursday asked the police to take up the case under IPC Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) read with Section 34 (common objective).

The others who are named in the FIR include two SAT doctors, a nursing superintendent and labour room assistants.

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