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`Low-cost` limbs for blast victims?

Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 17:29

New Delhi: Are victims of bomb blasts and
terrorist activists given only "low cost" artificial limbs
during rehabilitation?

The issue has been highlighted by Central Information
Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi in a letter written to Health
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad asking for "good treatment" for
victims of bomb blasts and terror acts.

Citing the case of an RTI activist Harish Kumar whose
lower left leg was amputated after being injured in the Delhi
High Court Bomb blast of September 7, Gandhi said officials of
Ram Mahohar Lohia Hospital have informed him that Kumar would
be getting only "low-cost artificial limb".

"I feel we will all recognise that the nation owes good
treatment to victims of bomb blasts and such other terrorist
attacks," Gandhi wrote asking for Union Health Minister`s
intervention in ensuring "best artificial limbs" available in
government facilities for them.

Gandhi also said during a visit to the hospital, he
realised that Kumar is being treated like "any person" who
approaches hospital.

"Two months in a General ward in the hospital is taking
some toll on him and his request to be transferred to the
Nursing Hospital is not being considered.

"The Medical Superintendent informed me that whereas
Nursing Home is available free of cost to CGHS patients, Mr
Harish Kumar will have to pay for the room and all treatment,
if he was to be shifted to Nursing Home," Gandhi wrote on
November 9.

Harish Kumar, a resident of Azadpur, got severely injured
in the Delhi High Court bomb blast. During surgery his lower
left leg was amputated and he is still under treatment at the
Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital`s trauma centre.


First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011 - 17:29
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