OHRC breather for youth denied treatment at hospitals in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today ordered a private hospital in Bhubaneswar to carry out surgery of an injured youth who tested positive for COVID-19.

Hearing a petition filed by the injured youth’s brother, the human rights panel asked the Director of KIMS Hospital, Bhubaneswar to immediately take up the required treatment surgery of the youth, Ranjit Nayak if he is still admitted to the hospital. The cost of the treatment will be borne by the patient, the panel added.

In the petition, the injured youth’s brother, Pabitra Nayak mentioned Ranjit was taken from one hospital to another for treatment after he suffered a stabbing injury on September 8, 2020. Ranjit was taken to Government hospitals such as Capital Hospital, SCB Medical College & Hospital Cuttack and AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and other private hospitals but he was turned away as he tested positive for COVID-19. Currently Ranjit has been admitted to KIMS Hospital, Bhubaneswar.

The OHRC observed that the patient cannot be denied surgery on the plea of COVID.

The commission also asked the Secretary to Health and Family Welfare Department, Odisha to probe the alleged medical negligence and submit a report during its next hearing on October 15, 2020.

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