A doctor from the state of Kerala, who is not authorised to talk to journalists, said disposable medical devices for children are “just one of the things that we have to take care of”.
The doctor, who did not wish to be named, said he had seen the rise in children suffering from a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma and gastroenteritis, and said he could not ignore the need for the state to protect children.
Dr K.D. Gupta said the state government was now considering the need to introduce a similar legislation in the state.
“It’s a matter of time before we get the government to act on it,” he said.
The state government has also launched a programme to equip its children with disposable medical tools to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.
Dr Gupta, who also heads the Kerala Centre for Healthcare Management, said the programme would help the state reduce the number of infections among children and provide better care to them.
The government has set a target of reducing the number to five per cent of the population by the end of 2019.
Kerala’s health minister said that the state would soon implement a ‘medical sex doll’ program to encourage people to take advantage of disposable medical items.