Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Chandigarh: Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu of a news carried in Daily Post pertaining to 150 Hepatitis C cases reported in Fazilka village. The news item has highlighted that more than 150 persons of Ladhuka village of Fazilka sub division are suffering from hepatitis-C virus and if the local doctors are to be believed then more than 40 patients have died in the last three years due to the disease in this village. The commission has called for a report under section 17 (i) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, from Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Chandigarh. The matter has been adjourned to April 20.
Another suo motu notice was taken by the PSHRC on poor health facilities in Sangrur. The news item has highlighted that health services in Sangrur district are in utter neglect as more than 50 posts of doctors, including medical specialists, etc are lying vacant in civil hospitals in the town and at health centres in rural areas. In the absence of specialist doctors, patients are forced to visit private nursing homes which fleece them. The commission asked Principal Secretary to Government, Punjab, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh and Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, Chandigarh to submit a report on it by April 26.
Meanwhile, PSHRC took suo motu of another news carried in an English daily on a three-year-old girl mauled by stray dogs in Patiala. The news item has highlighted that a three-year-old girl from Adalatpur village near Amloh was admitted to Rajindra Hospital here after a stray dog injured her badly on Sunday evening. The Commission sought a report from Principal Secretary to Government, Punjab, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Chandigarh on the policy formulated to curb the menace of stray dogs in the state. The matter is now slated to come up for hearing on April 23.
Daily Post, Chandigarh 28th February 2012, Page 2
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