New Delhi: Concerned over reports that a
government hospital was not disposing of radioactive waste
from its premises, the National Human Rights Commission on Thursday
asked its investigation wing to conduct an on the spot inquiry
and submit its report.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the report in this
regard, the Commission also issued notices to Union Health
Secretary, Delhi Chief Secretary, Director of LNJP Hospital
and Chairman of Atomic Energy Regulartory Board calling for
their reports in the matter within two weeks.
The Commission also asked its Director General
(Investigation) to depute an investigation team today itself
to conduct on the spot inquiry at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash
Hospital here and submit its report in the matter to it.
The NHRC has asked the investigative wing to associate
an expert on radioactivity in the inquiry to be carried out.
Quoting media reports, the NHRC said containers of
radium and cobalt needles, which should be disposed off, were
lying unattended and can cause a great threat to the lives of
people of surrounding localities if there is any radioactive
leak. The hospital has not made any move to clean up the mess.
"If the contents of media report are true, it is
apparent that the authorities have not learnt the lesson from
the incident of radioactive leak at Mayapuri in Delhi and
other similar incidents which resulted in health hazards.
"Such radioactive wastes should be handled strictly in
terms of the laid down norms and any act in contravention of
the same is a serious threat to Rights to Life and Rights to
Health," the Commission observed.