NHRC issues notices to Centre, Delhi govt on newborn’s death
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government over the death of a newborn girl due to denial of treatment at three government
hospitals, calling for a report on the matter within four weeks.
Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sought a report from Union health secretary BP Sharma and Delhi health secretary Amar Nath, a NHRC statement issued on Tuesday said. According to media reports, a premature newborn girl at a private hospital, with under-developed lungs and weak organs, died after being denied treatment by three hospitals in Delhi on
“She needed special care, including a ventilator for further treatment. Unable to bear the high cost of further treatment at the private nursing home, her family members were constrained to take her from one government hospital to another by a CATS ambulance but could not get her admitted for treatment,” the NHRC said. Saying that the right to health was a “basic human right” and the state had a responsibility to fulfil this right, the commission said: “Any denial of this right and that too in the case of a newly born in a serious condition is abominable. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union ministry of health and secretary, department of health and the government of Delhi calling for a report within four weeks in the matter.”
The commission said that reportedly, on being refused admission first at Kalawati Saran Children hospital on the grounds of non-availability of bed and ventilator, the family members of the child took her to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where she was denied admission on the same grounds. “Hence, she was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital. The situation was no different there either. In the process, they had travelled for more than three-and-a-half hours covering about 58 km. The delay in the treatment resulted in the death of the child in the ambulance itself,” the NHRC said.