NHRC issues notice to WB govt on infant deaths
New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to West Bengal
government asking it to submit within two weeks a report on
the death of 17 babies in a Kolkata hospital.
Taking cognisance of media reports and a complaint,
the NHRC asked the state`s Health Secretary to conduct a
detailed investigation into the matter and submit the report
to the Commission.
An NHRC spokesperson said the action came in wake of
media reports and a complaint alleging that 17 infants died
within a span of two days at B C Roy Paediatric Hospital in
Kolkata leading to protest by the parents who accused doctors
"Paediatric care is one of the cardinal requirements
of infant health and any negligence or dereliction of duty by
public servants or doctors is detrimental to the right to
health of the concerned. The allegations, if true, amount to
serious violation of human rights," the Commission observed.
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