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Centre, States must get their act together on COVID-19 response, says NHRC

A COVID patient waits in an ambulance for admission at Government General Hospital (GGH) in Vijayawada.   | Photo Credit: RAJU. V

A week after issuing an advisory, the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday reiterated that the government must protect the rights of people during the second wave of the pandemic.

In a statement, the NHRC said it “again emphasised that the Centre and States need to put their acts together to meet the immediacy of response by setting up universally functional COVID-19 dashboards for real-time information in public domain on the availability of hospital beds, oxygen, critical care medicines and devices”.

It said it also asked for 24/7 toll-free helplines and fixing of treatment prices. It had issued an advisory to the Health Ministry and all States and Union Territories on May 4 and sought action-taken reports within four weeks. Among the suggestions were universal vaccination, protection of frontline workers and ensuring patients’ rights.


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