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NHRC warns Odisha Health secretary

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubameswar, Oct 10:

Taking serious note of the non-responsive attitude of the principal secretary of Odisha Health and Family Welfare department in filing requisite report with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged illegal running of hundreds of private nursing homes and clinical establishments without registration, the NHRC has issued a show cause as to why appropriate action under section 13 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 will not be invoked within 6 weeks.

Human rights activist Akhand had in a complaint to the commission alleged that more than 1,200 private nursing homes and clinical establishments were running illegally in the state without registration, in violation of Odisha Clinical Establishment (control and regulation) Act.

The Act makes it mandatory for registration of private nursing homes, maternity homes, clinics and therapy centres, which was not happening, Akhand had alleged in his complaint.

The activist had also pointed out that as a consequence of such laxity, there was a distinct fall in the quality of treatment, thus putting lives of patients to great risk.