UDF stages walkout in Kerala assembly
Congress-led UDF Opposition in Kerala Tuesday staged a walkout in the assembly,protesting against Health Minister P K Sreemathi`s `foreign trip`.
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led UDF Opposition
in Kerala Tuesday staged a walkout in the assembly,protesting
against Health Minister P K Sreemathi`s `foreign trip` when
the state was in the grip of fever and alleged that the LDF
government was `indifferent` to the swine flu situation.
Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
demanded that government call back Sreemathi, who left for
the US yesterday, considering the serious situation and the
difficulties faced by the state`s people.
Seeking leave for an adjournment motion on the matter,
Chandy said government failed to take appropriate preventive
measures which led to spurt in fever cases during the monsoon
Government decision to implement special cadre system in
a hurry and subsequent transfer of doctors aggravated the
situation as several government hospitals were left with less
number of doctors, Chandy said.
Chandy said Sreemathi had gone to the US to attend a
meeting of the Malayalees Association in North America
(FOKANA) which could have been avoided when the state was in
the grip of fever.
Refuting the charge, Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem
said the fever was under control and `there is no alarming
situation in the state`.
As government had taken necessary steps, number of fever
cases were less compared to previous years, he said.
However, he said government viewed the situation "very
seriously.The government hospitals have doctors, para-medical
staff and enough stock of medicines," he said.
Referring to H1N1 influenza situation, he said during
June, 30 persons died of swine flu and seven others due to
other types of fever.
Justiying Sreemathi`s visit, he said it was for getting
latest treatment technology in cancer and diabetes.
Speaker K Radhakrishnan refused leave for the motion after
Kareem`s reply, leading to the UDF walkout.