Cong downplays infant deaths in West Bengal

Cong downplayed deaths of a number of infants in West Bengal within weeks maintaining that public health system needs to be improved across the country.

Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 22:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday downplayed deaths
of a number of infants in Mamata Banerjee ruled West Bengal
within weeks maintaining that public health system needs to be
improved across the country and not only in the eastern state.

"There is a need for us to prioritise the working of our
public health system not just in West Bengal but on a macro
level at a national scale," Congress spokesperson Manish
Tewari told reporters.

He was responding to a question on the deaths of infants
in West Bengal`s government hospitals over the past few weeks.
The continuously rising number of infant deaths in West

Bengal had recently caught Governor MK Narayanan`s attention,
as in a virtual rap to the state government, he stressed on
the need to prevent such occurrences in future.

Congress is part of the government in West Bengal headed
by the Trinamool Congress leader whose party is the second
largest constituent of the UPA at the Centre.

PTI