Adjournment motion moved in LS over Kerala girl's death due to snake bite

South India

NEW DELHI: Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) on Friday gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over negligence shown by the doctors and teaching faculty in Kerala's Wayanad district which resulted in the death of a 10-year-old student.

The adjournment motion is an extraordinary procedure which, if admitted, leads to setting aside the normal business of the House for discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance.
The class-5 student, S Shehala, daughter of the lawyer-couple Abdul Aziz and Shajna, was died following a snake bite in her classroom of the Sarwajan vocational higher secondary school at Sulthan Bathery in Kerala's Wayanad district on Wednesday.
According to the report from her classmates, the incident occurred at 3:10pm and no action was taken by the by the school authorities till 3:50pm.
The lapse of the school authorities to quickly admit her to a nearby hospital and the lack of anti-venom in the four medical facilities visited by the girl have been cited as reasons for her death.
In a post on Facebook, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had promised strict action against those responsible for the unfortunate death of a fifth standard student.
CM Vijayan said that teachers are responsible to teach students how to act when a situation like this happens.
"But in this case, the fellow students say that even after they pleaded with the teachers to take the student to the hospital they completely ignored it. The incident is deeply saddening and I will interfere to ensure strict action is taken," he said.
Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja had ordered the suspension of the doctor in Bathery Taluk Hospital who failed to diagnose the snake bite.
Dr Jisa Merin Joy, the doctor at the Bathery Taluk hospital which denied anti-venom to the girl was suspended following an inquiry conducted in the matter.
A teacher has been suspended at the Government School here in Sultan Bathery where the incident happened. Wayanad DDE Ibrahim Thonikkara suspended Shijil, who was named by students in their complaint.
The children complained that despite teachers having cars, they did not take Shehla to the hospital and waited for her father to arrive.
Parents of the deceased child have accused the child of negligence, alleging the girl was made to wait at the school and was taken to the hospital only after they reached the school.
Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi also wrote a letter to the Chief Minister and General Education Department urging them to conduct an infrastructure audit of public schools in Wayanad.
"One of the oldest high schools in Sulthan Bathery, Sarvajana Higher Secondary School's crumbling infrastructure requires the urgent attention of the state government. The absence of a conducive learning environment demoralises students and parents alike," Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP from Wayanad, said in the letter.
He said since Kerala has been a pioneer in establishing quality public schools, the state government and the General Education Department should conduct an infrastructure audit of public schools in the Wayanad parliamentary constituency.
"I also urge the government to formulate a time-bound action plan for infrastructure upgradation of Sarvajana HSS, and other public schools in Wayanad. I will also be pleased to provide the requisite support for the upgradation of this school under MPLADS," Gandhi added.
The Congress leader also requested the state government to provide compensation to the family of the victim.
"I hope that the state government takes the necessary measures to ensure that no parent has to bear the pain of such a preventable tragedy again," he said.
On Friday, Wayanad district judge A. Harris, who is also the chairman of the district legal cell authority along with two co-judges visited the Government Sarvajana School and asked the school authorities to fill all the holes inside classrooms.
Meantime, Wayanad district collector Adeela Abdulla has asked the education department to ensure all schools are reptile-free and clean the school premises immediately,

With inputs from Agency and Media reports
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