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NHRC probes radioactive waste

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of HT's report ("Government hospital ignores radioactive danger" on August 4).

delhi Updated: Aug 05, 2011 01:45 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of HT's report ("Government hospital ignores radioactive danger" on August 4). The report had pointed out how Lok Nayak Hospital was holding on to dysfunctional radiation machines, containers of radium and cobalt needles - that are a radioactive threat.

An NHRC team comprising two doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) conducted an on-the-spot inquiry on Thursday. "It is a technical issue. So, there's no deadline for the team to submit its report," said AK Parashar, joint registrar, NHRC.

"If the reports are true, they amount to a serious case of violation of right to life," he said. Notices have been issued to the Union health secretary, Delhi chief secretary, director of Lok Nayak Hospital and the chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). They are to submit reports on the matter in two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Health Minister Dr AK Walia met Lok Nayak's medical superintendent Dr Richa Diwan to discuss the issue. "Dr Diwan is in touch with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre officials and we should see some positive results soon. I am meeting senior professors of radiotherapy to work out a quick solution on the issue," Walia said.