The opposition Congress has extended its support to the ‘Justice for Swati Dhyani movement’ against the pathetic health services of the state. Swati was admitted to the health centre of Rikhnikhal in Pauri district on June 28 following labour pain.
Next day she delivered a dead baby. The doctors referred her to Base hospital Kotdwar where she died due to excessive bleeding. Her relatives allege that she was not treated properly in Rikhnikhal and she was not referred in time for higher centre.
Her death has triggered a movement in Pauri district. The leaders of Uttarakhand Congress have now opened a front against the state government for the death of Dhyani.
Former chief minister and general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Harish Rawat expressed his tributes by lighting candles at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (Coronation) hospital on Saturday.
Expressing grave concern over the pathetic condition of health services in the state, Rawat said that carelessness of the system and government has taken the life of Swati. He also expressed his anguish at the poor condition of the 108 emergency ambulance service.
Many Congress leaders and workers accompanied Rawat on the occasion. Meanwhile on the call given by Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Pritam Singh, congress leaders and workers light candles at their hospitals.
The Congress leaders also observed a silence of two minutes. The PCC president himself went to the Gandhi centenary hospital and paid homage to Swati.
He said that the state government is responsible for poor health services in Uttarakhand and blamed the government for failing to provide basic facilities to the people during the Covid-19 pandemic period.
Giving example of Swati Dhyani he said that her life could have been saved if timely treatment was made available to her.
Former MLA Rajkumar, Mahanagar President Lalchand Sharma, Neenu Sehgal and others accompanied the PCC president.