Have we forgotten humanity in our quest to earn money, Kejriwal to private hospitals?


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that private hospitals were blinded by their greed to earn money thereby throwing the humanity out of the window in the process.

Speaking at a function in Delhi, Kejriwal said, “Hum apne profit kamaaney ki daud me itne andhe na ho jayein, ki insaaniyat kho baithien. Agar wo hospital ek bacche ka ilaaj kardeta to kya hota, kya unka profit margin kam ho jata. (In our quest to earn money, we have become so blind that we have forgotten about humanity. If that hospital had treated one child, would it have lessened their profit margin?)

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Kejriwal’s statement comes after the reports emerged that another child had died of dengue. Six-year-old Aman died after he was refused admission by several hospitals.

His father said, ” We tried to get admission in Max Saket and Moolchand but were turned away. Finally we got a bed in a private nursing home where they told us on Saturday night that Aman’s condition is deteriorating rapidly and discharged us. The child was rushed to Batra Hospital where he died on Sunday.”

Last week, a seven-year old child had died of Dengue after several hospitals allegedly refused to admit him citing non-availability of beds.

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The boy’s parents too later committed suicide by jumping from a multi storeyed building.

Shaken by the developments over the weekend, Satyendar Jain on Monday directed top health and administrative officials of Delhi to ensure effective preventive measures to counter the spread on Dengue and make the residents of national capital aware that there is no cause for panic.

More than 1800 cases of Dengue have been reported in Delhi in 2015, while the disease has already killed six people.