COVID-19: Rights body wants report after UP hospitals deny admission to 2 pregnant women

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India on Monday issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government after media reports highlighted death of two pregnant women who were denied admission by various government and private hospitals in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Noida.
The Commission has sent the report to UP’s chief secretary asking for details within four weeks including the action taken against the delinquent doctors and officials.
An eight-month pregnant woman reportedly died in Gautam Buddha Nagar when a frantic 13-hour hospital hunt failed to find her a bed. The 30-year-old woman was taken to at least eight hospitals by her husband including government-run hospitals before she died in an ambulance, just outside a health facility in Greater Noida on June 5.
In another incident, a 26-year-old woman was allegedly refused admission by the district Hospital in Noida’s Sector-30. As a result she delivered a still born baby on the pavement outside the hospital. The family of the woman has alleged that had she got timely treatment the baby could have survived.
The commission has observed that contents of the news reports, if true, raise serious issues of violations of human rights as the state authorities have failed to ensure right to life and medical care to its citizens.
“It is understood that amid the spread of COVID-19 virus, the hospitals are receiving a very large number of patients and there is shortage of infrastructure but denial to attend to the patients by the hospitals is a matter of concern for it,” the commission said.

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