Thiruvananthapuram: The neglect and the miserable state of affairs at Manchery medical college came up for discussion in the assembly on Friday, thanks to the Manorama News report on Thursday, about the newborns and their mothers left on the corridors for lack of enough beds in the maternity ward. Issuing notice for an adjournment motion M. Ummer said that the government had committed serious lapses in providing basic infrastructure facilities at the hospital.
Meanwhile, health minister K.K. Shylaja in her reply maintained that the previous government had started the medical college in a hurry without ensuring basic facilities. She said that now steps have already been taken to address all issues including those of vacant posts of medial teachers and added that three teachers would take charge on Friday itself.
Manorama News had earlier aired a report on newborns and their mothers staying on the veranda of the medical college hospital. The overcrowded hospital was unable to provide beds to them, making them vulnerable to bacterial infections. Even women who underwent c-section deliveries were made to lie on the corridor.
Protests erupted following reports of the shocking situation. District collector Amit Meena visited the hospital. Youth Congress and Youth League workers staged a demonstration in front of the hospital.