Health Minister visits hospital 44 hours after the temple tragedy; feigns innocence

Mysuru, December 17:- Any minister has a lot of responsibilities and it is his job to be on the toes. Our Health Minister Shivananda Patil who should have rushed to the heritage city soon after the temple tragedy news broke, took his own time to visit the patients. Instead of apologising for his serious lapse, Patil went a step ahead to justify his delay.  Patil visited Apollo Hospital in the city on Sunday, 44 hours after the temple tragedy and collected information about the condition of the patients.

He was accompanied by District In-charge Minister G T Devegowda, Minister C Puttarangashetty and Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan. The condition of 6-7 patients still remains critical. The minister said that all the hospitals were trying to save the patients and the government has provided Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Commitee (KPCC) too has provided Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the victims. He assured the families of the deceased that the government would help them at any cost.

While agreeing that shifting of the patients to Mysuru was delayed, he justified his coming to Mysuru late. He said that he got to know about the incident only on Saturday at 4 pm and there was nothing much for him to do as Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy himself was in Mysuru. What a justification!

He said that he had tried to solve many problems after taking charge as health Minister and purchased 400 ambulances and appointed 360 doctors. He said the government would try to fill 1,000 vacant posts of doctors. (MR/KS)

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