SHILLONG | July 09, 2019:

The Shillong Civil Hospital and NEIGRIHMS have denied the reports regarding the alleged discrimination of HIV positive patients, who require immediate surgery.

When contacted, Shillong Civil Hospital Superintendent, Dr W.W. Phira said that he had consulted with the surgeon of the hospital to find out if the report is true.

“The patient who needed the surgery was asked to report back because she already indented those protective gears. But she never reported back,” Dr Phira said.

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According to him, they have the ART centre in place adding that the Nodal officer of the Centre would need to be consulted on treatment related to HIV positive patients.

“All necessary tests would need to be done before any surgery is being taken up. There are no discriminations to any HIV positive patient in the hospital,” he said.

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

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Medical Superintendent of NEIGRIHMS, Dr Noor Topno said “To the best of my knowledge, there is no discrimination against HIV patients in the institute.”

He also said that he has sought a report on the matter to ascertain if the allegations are true.

It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya State Network for Positive People or MSNP has alleged that the two Government run hospitals in the State have denied treatment to two women on the ground that they were HIV positive patients.


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