IMPACT: Reparative Justice for Medical Negligence Deaths in Jharkhand

Last year we launched “End Medical Negligence“, a campaign focused on getting better medical facilities at the Sub-Divisional Hospital in Madhupur, Jharkhand. CC Mukesh Rajak documented several cases of medical negligence at the government hospital that led to the death of a new-born, and of a 12 year old, among others. 

The Government has compensated the families of Aamna Bibi and Kundan by providing money for Indira Awas Yojana and regular supply of rations respectively. Kundan’s family was also given a compensation of INR 1.5 Lakh. The immense public pressure has ensured better services at the hospital. In recent visits and through eye-witness testimonies gathered, Mukesh has found that there are doctors now present 24×7. Provisions like rabies shots, not available before are now available. 

Two petitions were launched on change.org, which received over 40,000 signatures from across the world. As a result of this the Chief Medical Officer of Jharkhand conducted an investigation. This is a great example of how communities can be mobilised to fight for their rights. With Mukesh’s support, many came forward for the first time to speak out against the poor quality of care and ill treatment received at the hospital. They also organised public demonstrations to ensure that a fact-finding process was carried out. The story got considerable local and national coverage, which further supported the community to achieve its goals.

“However, there is still a long way to go,” says Mukesh . He continues to work towards ensuring that the people of Madhupur get quality healthcare services at the Sub-divisional hospital by reporting discrepancies in the administration and devising solutions.

Read more about Mukesh’s efforts to end corruption at the Sub-divisional hospital here. You can support his cause by sharing his video & acting on his call to change. 

Mukesh Rajak reports from Madhupur, Jharkhand for IndiaUnheard