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NHRC notice to health min, AIIMS-Delhi over long delay in cardiac issue-related surgery of a boy
6/19/2024 10:01:25 PM
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NEW DELHI, June 19: The NHRC has issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and the AIIMS-Delhi chief over reports alleging that a six-year-old boy from Bihar has been waiting for a cardiac issue-related surgery since 2019 when he was just three months old, officials said on Wednesday.
Reportedly, the reasons provided by the AIIMS here have varied, "ranging from unavailability of beds to the doctor's absence". The institute has also constituted a committee to verify the allegations, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said in a statement. The rights panel said it has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report, carried on June 13, that a six-year-old boy from Begusarai has been waiting for a cardiac issue-relate surgery since 2019 when he was three months old.
Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi have only been "providing dates" for the surgery on every visit by his family, the statement said.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise a very serious issue of violation of human rights.
"The right to health and medical care is a basic human right. The AIIMS is one of the prestigious and premier public-funded healthcare institutions where a large number of people visit daily from across the country in the hope of getting their loved ones treated for their ailments by the best doctors of the nation," the statement said. The NHRC said it is aware of the "constraints faced by public hospitals" across the country but it is still "painful to know that the young boy from Bihar has been waiting for cardiac surgery for about the last six years despite his poor health condition. This is indeed a matter of deep concern."
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