Punjab Gets NHRC Notice Over Its Move to Shut Down Moga Public Health Center

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  July 20, 2015 at 6:18 PM Indian Health News
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notice to the Punjab government over a reported move to shut down Moga Public Health Center (PHC) due to absence of power supply and sought its response within two weeks. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that the PHC at Sekha Kalan Village in Punjab's Moga district has been operating without power for 21 years, the NHRC issued notice to Vini Mahajan, Punjab's principal secretary, health and family welfare.
Punjab Gets NHRC Notice Over Its Move to Shut Down Moga Public Health Center
Punjab Gets NHRC Notice Over Its Move to Shut Down Moga Public Health Center

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that the PHC at Sekha Kalan Village in Punjab's Moga district has been operating without power for 21 years, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to Vini Mahajan, Punjab's principal secretary, health and family welfare.

The NHRC said, "According to the media report, after efforts to restore power supply to the PHC failed, the health department in Moga asked the state government to close it as it was difficult for doctors and para-medical staff to work there. The commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise the serious issue of violation of human rights of villagers. The state government has been given two weeks to respond."

According to the report, the PHC was set up to cater to medical requirements of people living in 12 nearby villages.

Source: IANS

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