22 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: A Puri-based human rights activist has filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission over an alleged breach of COVID-19 protocol at AIIMS Bhubaneswar. According to the complaint, a senior functionary of AIIMS Bhubaneswar allegedly kept the travel history of his son under the wraps.
This act, reportedly exposed bureaucrats, doctors as well as residents of a housing complex to coronavirus risk as his son had returned from the UK. The 19-year-old youth has been tested COVID-19 positive and is the second coronavirus patient in Odisha.
"It was both medical and administrative negligence on the part of the senior functionary that he did not reveal he was in direct contact, thus risking the spread of COVID-19," the complaint stated.
"Action must be taken against erring officials and criminal cases must be initiated against them. NHRC may take appropriate action as deemed fit," the rights activist stated. According to sources, the NHRC has admitted the petition on Saturday.
However, AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director, Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane had recently clarified on this matter. She stated that the institution had adhered to all the necessary protocols while dealing with this case and there were no lapses.