NHRC offers slew of suggestions to improve hospital facilities in GB Ngr amid Covid

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New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) From standardised cost of treatment to keeping check on black markets, the NHRC has offered a range of recommendations to the administration on improving healthcare, following a visit of its team to hospitals and crematoria in Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Thursday.

The team of the National Human Rights Commission, led by its Member Jyotika Kalra, had visited several hospitals and crematoria in the district on June 25, and asked the state's chief secretary to take 'corrective measures' ensuring better healthcare, the NHRC said in statement.

Primarily, the team sought information on issues like hoarding, black marketing of essential medicines, oxygen cylinders, concentrators, crematoria, registration of death, ambulance services, officials said.

During the visit, the team interacted with district magistrate, ADM, additional DCP, chief medical officer of G B Nagar, the statement said.

The team visited Jaypee Hospital, Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Sharda Hospital and Medical College, Yatharth Hospital, Greater Noida West, CNG Crematorium, it added.

The NHRC team, after the visit, made a slew of recommendations to the administration on improving healthcare in the district, officials said.

The chief secretary has called for an action taken report on the recommendations of the Commission, which includes, having a standardised cost of treatment for the residents, and checking hoarding, black marketing of essential medicines on a regular basis, the rights panel said.

The district website should have a detailed list of all hospitals; a standardised treatment protocol be developed and be periodically reviewed; and the state government should evolve a policy on in-house oxygen plants, were other recommendations.

Contractual staff's medical expenses be reimbursed and their lives be insured; Ayushman Bharat scheme needs to be revisited to ensure maximum benefits, more ambulances and hearse vans be provided, the NHRC team also recommended, according to the statement.

The Commission said it had received a complaint on April 29, and it also took cognisance of the media reports that district authorities of Gautam Buddha Nagar had allegedly failed to support the residents and general public with the necessary information, infrastructure support during April- May, when the country was reeling under the second wave of COVID-19.

A questionnaire for the district magistrate, hospital administration and commissioner of police, G B Nagar was sent in advance before the visit, it said. PTI KND CK

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