Street boy died from hospital apathy

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Oct 06, 2012 : In a pathetic incident, a street-child aged about 5 years died for non-available of Tetanus vaccine at Tripura’s main children referral hospital –IGM hospital.

Sources said, Abhijeet Debnath (5) was admitted at the children ward of IGM hospital on Friday noon with a minor old accident injury in his leg. The visiting doctors informed the Kabita Debnath, the mother of the child that Abhijeet’s wounds infected with tetanus and he need anti-tetanus vaccine.

Visiting doctors also told her that she have to purchase the vaccine from open market due to non-availability of the vaccine in the hospital.

But, the impossibility of Abhijeet’s mother was she does not have a single penny to purchase the vaccine.

During the period two hours, the child died in the floor of hospital with agony of pain and infection.

The tragic reality revealed, Kabita and her son lived in the footpaths of Agartala city and often both son and mother were seen in front of Laxmi Narayan temple with bagging alms.

The pathetic seen was noticed by some officers of State’s Law department, immediately, S K Majumder, secretary of West Tripura district legal service written a request letter to D. Darlong, Director of Social Welfare and Social Education department of Tripura government with a request to provide ‘home’ for both of them.

S K Majumder wrote the letter on last June 20, 2012 with a consensus letter signed by Kabita Debnath and her willingness to join in the residential care home of the government.

The officials of legal service also requested the officer-in-charge of West Agartala police station and after formal visit, the police authorities through their GD entry number-19, dated September 1, 2012 also requested the social welfare authorities to provide immediate ‘home’ facilities to these destitute.

The legal service authorities also personally appraise the pathetic conditions of both Kabita and her son to the director of Social Welfare and Mr TK Acharjee, superintendent of social welfare department.

But, the social welfare authorities maintain their services only in signboard for destitute.

A section of state’s legal service authorities asked, ‘if Abhijeet and her mother provide residential home facilities under social welfare scheme for destitute and street children, Abhijeet could not be prey for road accident during his bagging’.

They termed the incident as a ‘murder for apathy of social welfare department’ not for negligence of treatment by the hospital authorities of IGM.

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