Srinagar: “Authorities seem to be very insensitive towards the health care system which is the basic right of every citizen irrespective of creed, color, caste, religion, age, nationality and birth place,” State Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.
Taking suo-moto cognizance of a report in a vernacular daily about the unsuccessful removal of gallbladder stones of Handwara man at private nursing home at Khyam Chowk here, a bench of Rafiq Fida, acting Chairman of the Commission, observed: “Day in and day out, complaints are pouring in regarding poor health care and negligence of doctors.”
The news report, gives a detailed account of how allegedly a doctor Munfat Malik at a private nursing home at Khayam chowk, Nawpora, here unsuccessfully operated upon a patient namely Shabir Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Nabi from Bata Gund, Handwara for removing or extraction of stone from his gallbladder for which he was “heavily charged” but the stone was not removed.
The news report says that Shabir was admitted in District Hospital Handwara on November 10 last year under MRD No. 0082416 where Dr. Malik, a Surgeon Specialist, advised him to come to his private clinic as the required equipments for such a surgery are not available in the government hospital.
On the advice of the doctor, Shabir went to the private clinic at Khayam Chowk, where he was asked to pay Rs 5000 as fees in advance and on December 26 last, the patient was operated upon apparently for removing/extracting stone from his gallbladder and was required to stay there for more three days for postoperative care.
However, after some days the patient complained of severe pain in his gallbladder and Dr Malik, in order to avoid him, advised him to wait for some time as the equipment is not available with the Institute for laser operation.
The news report further alleged that the patient was forced to pay Rs. 40,000 for the surgery which was unsuccessful.
“The news report prima facie makes out a case of grave human rights violations at the hands of Dr. Munfat Malik who is posted in District Hospital Handwara. Day in and day out, complaints are pouring in regarding poor health care and negligence of doctors,” the Commision observed, adding, “Authorities seem to be very insensitive towards the health care system which is the basic right of every citizen irrespective of creed, color, caste, religion, age, nationality and birth place.”
Therefore, taking Suo Moto cognizance in the matter, the acting SHRC chairman directed its office to register the note.
“The news report shall form part of the order as a complaint and in the first instance issue notices to Director Health Services Kashmir and Medical Superintendent District Hospital, Handwara who be supplied with copy of the order and news report and directed to submit their detailed factual reports in the matter.”
Besides, in order to give a fair chance of hearing to Dr. Munfat Malik of District Hospotal Handwara, the chairman directed the doctor to appear in person before the Commission on the next date of hearing on May 15 and also file personal response in the matter.
“The order be served to Director Health Services Kashmir, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Handwara and Dr. Munfat Malik through SP SHRC who will submit service report in the matter.”
Further, the chairman said, Shabir Ahmad Wani be also directed to appear on the next date of hearing and file correct statement of facts regarding the incident.