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Patient dies due to non-availability of oxygen cylinder

NHRC issues notice to Bihar Government

New Delhi: The Bihar Chief Secretary has been issued notice by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking an explanation on the death of a heart patient allegedly due to the non-availability of oxygen cylinders at a government health centre in Munger district. The NHRC said it has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report of the incident that reportedly happened on December 26.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights, which is a matter of concern. It has issued a notice to the chief secretary, calling for a detailed report within four weeks. The report should also include the status of the action taken against the accused as well as relief and rehabilitation provided to the next of kin of the deceased, the notice said. According to the media report the doctor posted at the emergency ward of the health centre has alleged that the oxygen cylinder for the patient was not available, while, the In-charge Medical Officer has said that there is no scarcity of the oxygen cylinders.