SHRC chides Govt over spurious drugs

‘Putting Lives Of People At Risk Grave Human Rights Violation’

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Srinagar, Apr 10: Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday took serious note of supply of sub-standard and spurious medicines in government hospital in Kashmir saying putting lives of people at risk is a grave human rights violation.
The Commission’s Division Bench comprising members Javaid Kawoos and Rafiq Fida sought reports from Government in the matter. The Bench passed the directions on a complaint filed by Jammu and Kashmir People’s Forum through its general secretary Mir Mubashir Shuja. “The complaint has projected that there is lack of effective control regarding analysis of drugs in the state and through supply of these spurious and substandard expired drugs especially in Government GB Panth hospital exposed the lives of people that too infants to extreme point which is violation of human rights of citizens of the State,” the Commission observes in its order.
“The complainant has submitted that life is supreme human right of a person which he acquires by birth. And if just after the birth of an infant is exposed to such sub-standard and life risking medicare, there is serious problem with our healthcare system. It is a matter of great concern for a society that the State Government which has recently received award at a conclave for providing so-called healthcare to its subjects, has failed to live up to the expectations,” the Commission observed. The complainant has further submitted that, “the system has hijacked by some self-styled medical practitioners and touts which control and organized drug mafia and thereby endangering the society in general and patients in particular.”
“Putting lives of people at risk grave human rights violation. Healthcare is a fundamental right and whoever directly or indirectly infringes with violates Constitution of the State and the country. Such persons should be considered as criminals and brought to book,” SHRC member Rafiq Fida told Greater Kashmir. “The content of the complaint prima facie is a case of human rights violation. In the first instance, notices be sent to Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical, Director Health Kashmir, Drug Controller, and Medical Superintendent GB Pant Hospital for submitting a detailed factual report,” said the SHRC secretary Tariq Banday quoting order of the Bench. He said notices have been dispatched to the concerned and the case is listed for April 25.
Pertinently, the supply of sub-standard drugs in Kashmir came to fore in a report prepared by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. These drugs, including substandard antibiotic injections, approved by a Jammu-based Central Purchase Committee last year, have been supplied to patients at the Government Medical College Srinagar and its allied. Major supply of the spurious drug has been consumed in GB Pant Children Hospital here where hundreds of infants died last year.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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