HIV patients receive unfair treatment at the hopsitals
A notice has been issued to the Telangana government by the National Human Rights Commission over the alleged refusal of hospitals to treat a minor HIV patient citing non-availability of facilities. Accordingly, the state Chief Secretary has been asked to submit a report on the matter within six weeks.
The human rights body said the 14-year-old boy underwent treatment at Hyderabad’s Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) for two weeks. He was referred to Niloufer Hospital in that city for Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) since the facility is not available at the NIMS. However, the teenager was allegedly denied admission at Niloufer Hospital on the pretext it did not admit children over the age of 12. Thereafter, the boy was directed to the Osmania General Hospital (OGH), where too no help was forthcoming.
The NHRC said the case points towards lack of infrastructure and coordination among different government healthcare centers. “The boy, who could be under trauma due to AIDS, and his aged grandmother have suffered due to the callous and insensible attitude of the hospitals. Instead of initiating treatment, they made the boy and his grandmother run from one hospital to another in the name of jurisdiction and non-availability of different facilities,” the NHRC said.
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