1. NHRC notice for denying treatment to an expecting mother on unconfirmed reports of HIV

NHRC notice for denying treatment to an expecting mother on unconfirmed reports of HIV

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that the general hospital at Sirsa in Haryana declared a pregnant woman, under their treatment for the last six months, as HIV positive and declined treatment to her when she was brought to the hospital following labour pain on the June24.

By: | Published: July 2, 2015 1:20 AM

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that the general hospital at Sirsa in Haryana declared a pregnant woman, under their treatment for the last six months, as HIV positive and declined treatment to her when she was brought to the hospital following labour pain on the June24.

The hospital staff humiliated her when the family members brought to their notice the fact that she had been getting pre-natal treatment at the same hospital for the last six months.

Reportedly, the family was constrained to shifting her to a private hospital in the town on a motorcycle as the hospital, allegedly, did not provide an ambulance even against the payment.

Subsequently, she delivered a male child at a private hospital which also declared that she was not HIV positive.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, amount to serious violation of human rights of the victim.

Accordingly, it has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

According to the media report, Civil Surgeon, Sirsa has admitted that there was some blunder by the staff. The woman was brought to the hospital and somehow she tested positive in the Tridot Test. Even as her blood sample was being subjected to the ELISA Test for confirming the result, someone in the staff told her family that she tested positive for the HIV, which resulted in the chaos.

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