Don't politicize baby deaths: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

JAIPUR: Reacting to criticism for the deaths of 100 babies at the JK Lon Hospital in Kota, Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday he said the issue should not be politicized and his government was sensitive about it.

His comments came amid criticism of the BJP and supreme Mayawati , who accused the state government of being insensitive.

Expressing displeasure on the response to the tragedy, Mayawati also questioned the silence of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, saying that if he does not meet the mothers of the deceased children, then his meeting with the relatives of the victims of violence during the anti-CAA protests in UP will be interpreted as pure theatricality. The government is sensitive to the death of sick babies at JK Lon Hospital in Kota. There should be no policies on the subject. Infant mortality in this hospital is constantly decreasing. We will try to reduce it further. It is our top priority that mothers and children stay healthy, Gehlot tweeted in Hindi.

Gehlot further stated that the first ICU for children in Rajasthan was established by the government of Congress in 2003.

We also established an ICU for children in Kota in 2011, he added.

Gehlot said that the goal of 'Nirogi Rajasthan' was a priority for the government and that a team of experts from the Center could further help improve health services in the state.

We are ready to improve medical services in the state through discussions and cooperation with a team of experts from the Center, he said.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Satish Poonia expressed displeasure on the state government's attitude towards the issue.

It is regrettable that the state health minister did not even visit the hospital. The chief minister is known for being sensitive. A delegation of BJP MPs had met the families who lost their children. They were in deep anguish. If the government is not sensitive then it is worrisome, Poonia said.

He alleged that the BJP MPs were manhandled by Congress workers during a visit to the Kota hospital.

Poonia said the BJP does not want to do politics on the issue but it is unfortunate that the state government is not dealing with it seriously.