The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) led by Dr. Yogesh Dube, visited Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh recently in the wake of a large number of children dying of killer disease encephalitis.
He was accompanied by Lakshmidhar Mishra, Special Advisor to the Commission, N.E Cell.
The visit was made to inquire into the measures taken by the UP government so far to combat the disease.
The delegation also probed into some alleged cases of trafficking of children from different NE states to Gorakhpur in the name of education.
Dube also visited Baba Raghav Das Medical College & Hospital and took rounds of the different wards meant for children suffering from encephalitis. He spoke to the patients and their family members and inquired into the conditions.
The hospital was overcrowded and each bed had more than one patient. The patients also complained that they had to buy medicines from outside. The hygiene conditions were also not up to the mark.
Later in the day, the team members met the Divisional Commissioner, District Collector and CMO of all affected districts at the Circuit House in Gorakhpur.
It may be mentioned that last year during 5-8 december 2011 the Commission had visited remote areas in Gorakhpur and had sent recommendations in this regard to the Commission.
A report was sent to the Commission regarding the steps taken by the UP government to combat the killer disease but the delegation, led by Dr. Dube, found that the policies and programmes were not properly implemented.
"An all out action will be taken by the Commission to combat the problem of Japanese Encephalitis," said Dube, Member, NCPCR.
Special Secretary Health UP, Arvind Kumar Dwivedi, was also unable to give a proper explanation for non-implementation of the policies, said Dube.
He made it clear that if the lackadaisical attitude of the government continues then he would be forced to adopt legal measures.
Dube stressed that the health officials should concentrate on combating JE/AES and resolve their internal conflict. He also emphasized on strengthening the PHC/CHC so that the medical college is not overburdened with cases.
The Special Health Secretary was also asked to submit a report on implementation of policies.
The Divisional Commissioner Gorakhpur Ravinder Nayak has been directed to test the medicines which are being purchased from outside and the patients should be provided with medicines from the hospital.
The nearby areas also had a piggery which needed to be removed and the Commission shall be informed about it at the earliest.
The health department failed to elicit the number of malnourished children in the state, he said.
Dube ordered a survey in the district of Gorakhpur, Devaria, Maharajganj and Kushinagar.
He also ordered to send a proposal for the differently abled children suffering from encephalitis to the commission.
Dube also pointed that if children aged below 18years come to the Gorakhpur from other states the Child Welfare committee should be informed about it.
The team also visited the Government Observation Home for boys, Gorakhpur, which failed to cater to all aspects of child protection, he said.
The home superintendent was also asked by the Commission member to provide food from home to the children for 15 days.
The team later visited the government home for girls. The CMO Gorakhpur was asked to do medical check ups for all the children and submit report to the Commission within a week.
Inspector General of CBCID was also asked for information on Human Trafficking and modus operandi of the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU).