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NHRC asks Odisha Chief Secretary over negligence of health care to Jail inmates

ELogo BlueBhubaneswar,08/03 ( Odisha Samachar/IMC)-The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report from Chief Secretary of Odisha Government over bad state of health care in Jahrapada Jail in the capital city Bhubaneswar. ThCommission’s order has come in response to a complaint filed by rights defender, Akhand of Civil Society Forum on Human Rights, a city based human rights organization. The Petitioner alleged that an eye specialist is treating all kinds of patients in the jail, that houses more than 700 prisoners and under-trials including VIPs and business executives in high profile cases. The doctor usually reaches the jail at about noon and leaves at 1 PM and his second innings start at 4:30 PM and ends at 5:30 PM as he is busy with his private clinic.

That leaves routine health services and emergency health care in the hands of retired doctor of Indian Army, Colonel Somnath Parida, who has been in jail for killing and subsequently slicing his wife into 300 pieces. His assistant is another undertrial Hari, a sweeper of
Panda Clinic of the city who killed the owner of the clinic Dr. Brahmananda Panda and has been in jail ever since, who doubles up as the compounder.
While the mental stability of Col. Parida has always been in question after the crime, the capability of sweeper Hari to discharge duties of a compounder is unacceptable by any standard of medical practice, he alleged.
The patients are left with little choice. They have to either take the chance of getting treated by an allegedly mentally unstable doctor and untrained compounder or not get treated at all, said the petitioner. The Commission has taken the issue very serious and served a notice to the Chief Secretary of Government to file a report in the matter within four weeks.

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