GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Govt. has admitted some 1,018 infant deaths at the Adani Foundation-run GK General Hospital in Bhuj, Kutch district, over the past five years. GK General Hospital is the first of the state government’s public-private partnership initiatives in the health sector. It said that the deaths were due to various illnesses.
Under the leadership of Dr. Priti Adani, wife of Gautam Adani, founder and Chairman of the Adani Group, Adani Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Adani Group, which executes CSR program in various part of country.
The Gujarat government on Wednesday informed the Legislative Assembly.
The disclosure was made by Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in a written reply in the Assembly on the deaths of infants at the hospital. Patel also holds health and finance portfolios. The state government had in May 2018 set up an inquiry into the hospital`s functioning following uproar over deaths of 111 infants there in five months.
Patel said the committee concluded that deaths occurred due to serious complications among premature babies and infectious diseases, respiratory complications, birth asphyxia and sepsis among infants, either referred to the hospital or born there.
He, however, claimed treatment administered by the hospital was according to “set protocols and standard guidelines.” Infant deaths are a routine affair in Gujarat`s private and public hospitals.
Just months after the GK General Hospital tragedies, 18 infants had died at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital – Asia’s biggest government hospital – in 48 hours. “Five-six children die here every day,” H.H. Prabhakar, Civil Hospital, medical superintendent, had said.
According to the Gujarat government’s official figures, 188 children died in 2014-15, 187 in 2015-16, 208 in 2016-17, 276 in 2017-18 and 159 in 2018-19 (till now) due to various medical complications. As many as 164 infants died in the first four months of last year at the government-run KD Children’s Hospital in Rajkot, the hometown of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
As per the Adani Hospital website, here is profile of Hospital:
Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS) is a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) venture between Adani Education and Research Foundation and Government of Gujarat. GAIMS is affiliated to KSKV Kachchh University.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India had issued the Letter of Permission (LoP) dated July 13, 2009 to GAIMS for starting a Medical College at Bhuj with total intake of 150 students from the academic year 2009-10. It was a notable milestone for GAIMS when the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, issued the Letter of Final Recognition (LoR) dated June 16, 2014 for an annual intake of 150 students for M.B.B.S course.
The 27-Acre campus of GAIMS, situated in the heart of Bhuj city in Kachchh District of Gujarat, houses the Hospital Building, Nursing School, Staff Residential Quarters and Students Hostels. The Medical College Complex is part of the same campus. GAIMS is committed to excellence in the field of Medical Education and Research.
GAIMS teaching hospital, G.K. General Hospital, is a 750 bed multi-specialty Hospital.