Asha Kiran inmates wait in vain for new home

No alternative arrangement two months after the shocking 12-deaths-in-a month negligence at the home for mentally challenged

sonal

Sonal Matharu | March 5, 2010



Snuggled on a corner bed in a hospital ward, 12-year-old Munna is fast asleep. After spending a week in the hospital, he can now walk and move his hands easily. His helper from Asha Kiran, the home for mentally challenged where Munna lives, says she is more than happy with the treatment given to him by the doctors.

On one of the beds on the other side of the room sleeps Ujwal, 12. She was admitted Friday morning when her fever, continuing for eight days, did not cure.

Children from Asha Kiran, a non-governmental organisation for the mentally challenged, though admitted in the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital for routine treatment, may have to continue living in overcrowded dormitories at the Asha Kiran as there is no alternative arrangement for them as yet.

A proposal from the social welfare ministry said that the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital should provide space for the children in the hospital till their new homes in Dwarka and Nehru Nagar - both in Delhi - are constructed. The hospital, on the other hand, has not yet received any such directive from the government.

“A separate ward for the Asha Kiran children in the Ambedkar hospital was proposed by the social welfare ministry. But we have not been given any special directive yet. We will have to wait and see how things shape up,” said V.M. Agarwal, medical superintendent of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital.

Though the hospital keeps receiving patients regularly from Asha Kiran, no special room for them has been allotted yet.

“This is the nearest hospital. The children are admitted very frequently here. Sometimes we even get seven or eight children in a day. We have allotted separate beds in a ward for these children where they are treated by specialists,” said Agarwal.

However, the hospital asked for the children’s helpers to be in the ward all the time as these children need special attention and the hospital attendants and nurses have to take care of other patients as well. Children below the age of 12 are admitted in the pediatric ward and children older than 12 to the medical ward.

There is no separate team of doctors for the Asha Kiran children but three specialist doctors from the Ambedkar hospital go to Asha Kiran twice a week for regular check-ups, added Agarwal.

Asha Kiran was in news recently when a daily reported that 12 of its inmates had died in one month due to cold weather, tuberculosis, asthma, epilepsy and other curable ailments. The NGO has been operating with limited resources and is housing over 730 inmates against a capacity of 350 children.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Many roles of civil society during pandemic

The union government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020 to curb the spread of coronavirus as it was causing large-scale infection and disease. Challenges of pandemic management and levels of distress were revealed during this time. The fear of Covid spread like wildfire and a

Thackeray launches three fast-track DNA units under Nirbhaya scheme

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched three state-of-the-art human DNA units under the Nirbhaya Scheme for efficiency in criminal investigations. A wildlife DNA unit in Nagpur makes Maharashtra the country’s first state to have a forensic testing lab for animals.  

How foreign policy has been Modi’s focus right from the start

The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term By Gautam Chintamani Bloomsbury / 400 pages / Rs 699 Gautam Chintamani, a film historian and author, has penned an in-depth chronicle of prime minister Narendra Modi’s second

Remove unauthorized constructions without pressure: Thackeray to BMC

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed the Mumbai civic authorities to take immediate action on unauthorized constructions on war footing. In a virtual meeting held on Wednesday, Thackeray said no illegal construction will be tolerated in Mumbai and called upon the BMC to

Covid norms relaxed; Mumbai restaurants, shops to remain open longer

After extending timings of shops and restaurants as well as the reopening of cinema halls and theatres under specified SOPs from October 22, in view of the festive cheer, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants and eateries to remain open till 12AM and shops and establishments to function till 1

Global Hunger Index data collection flawed: Arvind Panagariya

Rubbishing the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021, wherein India has slipped to 101 position to be placed below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and former vice chairman, NITI Aayog, has said that data collection and methodologies used

Visionary Talk with Dr Arvind Panagariya, Professor, Columbia University & Former VC, NITI Aayog



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter