NHRC issues notice to Pb govt over stillborn babies

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 22:29 IST

National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to Punjab government over the death of newborns in a Ludhiana hospital on Sunday.

According to an NHRC statement released on Tuesday, it has issued a notice to the Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Punjab calling for a report
within two weeks.

The notice was issued after the Commission took suo motu cognizance of a media report that five newborns died at Mother & Child Hospital in Field Ganj, Ludhiana on November 23 due to lack of facilities.

The deaths occurred two days after the inauguration of the hospital by the Health Minister of Punjab on November 21.
The hospital is a special wing for expecting mothers in the premises of Lord Mahaveer Civil Hospital.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim.

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