NHRC notice to Tamil Nadu Govt on death of medical student

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice and sought a factual report from the Tamil Nadu government over the reported death of a student due to unhygienic conditions at Stanley Medical College Hospital.

Expressing concern over the report, the Commission has directed the State Chief Secretary to submit the report within four weeks.

According to the September 29 report, eighteen students who were staying at the Hospital campus fell ill and were hospitalised.

Two patients tested positive for Dengue while one, a girl was confirmed to have leptospirosis.

The girl was later rushed to a private hospital where she died on September 27.

The report said an endemic had broken out due viral encephalitis.

It pointed out that piling of garbage, lack of proper sanitation, unhygienic conditions and dilapidated building of the hostel were possible reasons for the endemic.

Taking suo motu cognisance of another news report, NHRC sent a notice to Hamirpur District Collector and Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary seeking clarification on non availability of low cost ration to Antodaya families in the district.

The Commission has directed that the September 29 report be forwarded to the officials for a factual report within four weeks.


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