India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notices to Delhi and Union Health Ministry on a complaint making serious allegations about the grave difficulties being faced by the general public in Delhi, due to lack of medical services, resulting in large number of deaths.
The Commission issued the notice on the complaint of Ajay Maken, Ex-President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, and said, “He has not come up with mere allegations, rather he has made apparent sincere efforts to provide data in support of his complaint, which if true, raise a serious issue of the inappropriate approach of the government agencies towards the plight of the general public amounting to a serious issue of violation of human rights.”
A large number of people in Delhi have died due to non-availability of beds in the hospitals for the COVID-19 patients and an inadequate number of tests, leading to a grim state of affairs and mismanagement.
In its notice, the NHRC said there has been a massive delay in conducting the last rites of those died during the pandemic period.
“Tests on the bodies of the symptomatic deceased are also not being conducted violating the WHO and ICMR norms which can be extremely dangerous,” it said.
NHRC has asked both the Delhi Government and Union Health Ministry to consider the matter in consultation with each other to ensure a comprehensive report within ten days. In the meantime, it said, the government of NCT of Delhi is expected to increase the number of beds and tests per day, for the COVID-19 patients.
NHRC in its notice said that National capital is one of the worst affected cities so far.
“It is not incorrect to state that the number of COVID-19 patients, in the country, are increasing day by day and the recovery rate is above 48 per cent but it is also true that a large number of people have died and the National capital is one of the worst affected cities so far,” it said.
Meanwhile, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said the government will arrange 15,000 beds for COVID-19 patients by 20 June. “The Delhi government is preparing for the foreseeable situation of June 30, and for that, preparations are being made for Covid-19 infrastructure in stadiums, banquet halls, and hotels,” he said.
More than 2.56 lakh coronavirus cases have been reported in India till now, after a record number of 9,983 cases were reported on Monday. Until today, Delhi has reported 32,810 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 984 deaths. India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the deadly virus in the world.