THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is a total lack of compassion in the state’s health sector, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said here on Saturday.Chennithala was inaugurating a state convention organised by the Communist Marxist Party (CMP) on public health. He said private hospitals were interested only in making money. “The recent death of Murugan owing to denial of treatment is a testimony to the erosion of values in the healthcare sector,” Chennithala said. He cautioned the government that if it does not get its act together, the accomplishments achieved by Kerala in the sector would be lost.
“The stand of the Health Minister, that rules do not allow an award of compensation to families of those who died due to fever, is highly condemnable,” Chennithala said.CMP state general secretary C P John, who presided over the function said, though the state was leagues ahead in terms of health care, it was grappling to tackle spread of contagious fever. V S Sivakumar MLA, M P Saju, Moley Stanley, M R Manoj and C A Ajeer were among those who spoke.