Minister of State for Heavy Industries Babul Supriyo and Trinamul Congress member Saugata Roy were today engaged in an argument over the state of healthcare in West Bengal during a short duration discussion on 'Sustainable Development Goals ~ Way Forward for the Health and Well Being for All' in the Lok Sabha.
While the Trinamul member praised health facilities in the state referring to free facilities in certain hospitals in West Bengal, Supriyo contradicted him and said health facilities in the state are not adequate.
Roy said the minister was only a ‘flying visitor’ to the state and spent most of his time in Mumbai. The TMC member said BJP lost all the seven assembly segments which fall in his Lok Sabha constituency. The minister hit back and said, “I agree that I have lost all assembly seats…. I am a politician… Even if I do not win… I will give a good fight…”.
Participating in the discussion several members demanded a legislation to ensure Right to Health. Congress member Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said it is time to bring a legislation to ensure Right to Health.
He said in health “we should consider physical health, mental health, social health and financial health." He pointed out "ninety per cent of the country is suffering from sleep deprivation”. Similar issues were raised by BJP member Anurag Thakur.
Thakur said health records of all should be linked to Aadhaar cards and asked government to increase expenditure on the health sector. “ We do not have sufficient doctors for healthcare centres…. We have the highest number of deaths due to road accidents and of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, almost half are in India,” he said, asking the government to ensure pure water, air and two meals everyday to all citizens.