New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has expressed grave concern over the dismal condition of children’s hospitals in West Bengal.

The commission has said that in spite of the National Rural Health Mission in the state the medical services are in a very poor condition and require an immediate change.

After the inspection of the hospitals in Bengal, a team constituted by NCPCR found that the hospitals do not have requisite facilities for the treatment of children and should be fixed at the earliest.

Heading the 5-member panel, Vinod Kumar said, “The condition of the hospitals is pathetic. However, the government has taken interest in the matter, but there is a need of immediate actions in order to reduce infant death rate.”

Hospitals should be supplied with required infrastructure, equipments and number of doctors and nurses should also be increased.

The team pointed out that West Bengal’s Malda district hospital is in pitiable condition and immediate steps should be taken in this regard. The hospital recorded 37 infant deaths in the past one month.

The national rural health services in the state are not up to the mark. If the programme is implemented properly many problems could be resolved on the local level itself, the team observed.

If Malda had provided required services to the patients, many lives could have been saved.