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Sikkim Govt forms panel to probe hospital deaths

By A Correspondent

GANGTOK, Aug 21 - Four back-to-back deaths in the Central Referral Hospital (CRH) of the Manipal Group here have outraged the citizens of the State amid allegations of negligence by the hospital staff.

Meanwhile, the State Government has formed a fact-finding committee to investigate the alleged lack of timely intervention by the hospital staff. The committee will be chaired by the Principal Secretary, Health Department, K Sreenivasulu.

The committee, which also includes Secretary of UD&HD, Sarala Rai, and Secretary, Coordination, COVID-19, Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, has been directed to submit its findings to the State Government within three days.

The State�s main multi-speciality STNM Hospital is not admitting patients suffering from other illnesses as it has been turned into a dedicated COVID-19 facility. This has severely strained the health sector in Sikkim with the CRH, Manipal, as the only option available.

Meanwhile, the Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum has come down heavily on the State Government for the current situation arising out of alleged negligence of government hospitals.

�Unless the government hospitals improve, the situation will not change in Sikkim and the private hospitals will have monopoly in the health sector,� said a member of the youth forum.

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