Health Minister-Bad at work,Good in Politics

via B.R.HARAN published on October 7, 2006

This is with reference to the sufferings of the people due to the spread of ‘chicken guinea’ & ‘dengue’. Every time when an epidemic erupts or when a disease takes heavy toll, our health ministry is always found wanting. It is a national shame that even after sixty years of independent rule, we could not bring an end to the mosquito menace.

In almost all the major developed countries, the mosquito repellants have become the things of the past and their usage has been stopped due to the immense side effects caused by those repellants. If at all our government is serious, it should have taken some leaves out of the health books of the developed countries to control the mosquito menace.

In the last two and a half years, our health minister has proved time & again that he is a green horn and exhibits his ignorance & lack of experience. Any issue for that matter, whether it is dealing with MNCs or Pharma companies or whether it is rising to the occasion of a health related issue, he lacks the brains & political will to face the challenge.

He says that the people are not dying out of ‘Chicken guinea’ or ‘Dengue’, but due to the secondary complications. He asserts that the situation is not alarming, especially after the death of hundreds of people in the affected states. What does he mean by that? Chicken guinea has been there for the past six months, but he is calling for an emergency meeting of the health ministers on the 10 th of March. One wonders if he knows the meaning of the word ’emergency’!

The people have not forgotten his move of indenting & piling heavy stocks of ‘vaccines’ for bird flue, which are decaying in the godowns. While exhibiting his inefficiency on health related matters, he has proved that he is an expert in ‘politics’, by insulting a world-renowned cardiac specialist and by instigating caste conflicts in AIIMS. On one hand he is interfering in the affairs of AIIMS questioning its autonomy and on the other he is trying to grant autonomy to JIPMER. He talks big about creating awareness on AIDS, whereas the number of victims is alarmingly rising every day. It is high time he accepts moral responsibility for the pathetic state of affairs in the health sector and resigns from the government.

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