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गृहपृष्ठNepalNHRC urges government to provide free tests and treatment to COVID-19 patients

NHRC urges government to provide free tests and treatment to COVID-19 patients


KATHMANDU : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the government to provide free tests and treatments to COVID-19 patients, as well as to manage the dead bodies of those dying due to the virus.

In a press statement issued by the Commission’s secretary Bed Prasad Bhattarai, the human-rights watchdog has appealed to the government to ensure people’s right to health that is guaranteed by the constitution.

The Commission has said that its attention has been drawn towards the government hospitals issuing the notice that the COVID-19 patients should bear the test and treatment expenses for COVID-19 for themselves effective from October 18.

Stating that the number of COVID-19 infected persons was spiking every day across the world, the Commission has expressed its concern over the government’s decision not to bear the test and treatment cost of the COVID-19 infected persons and the dead bodies of COVID-19 patients be managed by their own families.

The Article 35 of the Constitution of Nepal guarantees that every citizen shall have the right to free basic health services from the State and no one shall be deprived of emergency health services and every citizen shall have equal access to health services.

Likewise, the Public Health Service Act-2075’s Clause 2 states that every citizen shall receive free basic health services from the State against communicable diseases. The NHRC in the press statement has cited these two provisions and has argued that the State could not lag behind its responsibility in ensuring citizens’ right to health by reframing from providing treatment of COVID-19 at free of cost.





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