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SHILLONG | July 15, 2019:

The Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek has directed the Shillong Civil Hospital to institute an inquiry into the allegations of denial of treatment to HIV positive patients.

“I have directed the hospital authorities to institute an inquiry into this matter. We have not received any information on any cases of discrimination and denial treatment to people who are HIV positive in the hospital,” Hek told reporters on the sideline of a function here today.

According to him, even the Joint Director, who is in-charge of Shillong Civil Hospital, Dr W.W. Phira is unaware of such cases.

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“The inquiry should be complete at the earliest. If there is any delay I will again give a reminder to ensure that the inquiry is completed within a certain period,” Hek said.

It may be recalled that Meghalaya State Network for Positive People (MSNP) had alleged denial of treatment to two women by the two government-run hospitals — Shillong Civil Hospital and NEIGIRHMS, since they are HIV positive.

Health and Family Welfare Minister insisted that no patient even if he/she is suffering from any kind of disease should be denied treatment in the Government run hospitals. “We will also try to find out if there are cases of discrimination to any patient who are HIV positive in any private hospitals,” he said.

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Earlier, NEIGRHIMS authorities had stated that they are trying to ascertain the facts if the woman who is an HIV who required surgery to remove a ‘cyst’ inside her body was denied treatment by the Gynecology and Obstetrics department.

Medical Superintendent of NEIGRIHMS, Dr Noor Topno had said that to the best of his knowledge, there is no discrimination against HIV patient in the institute.

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