NGO claims Kenyan patient detained in CMCH,hospital denies charge

A city-based NGO has written to the National Human Rights Commission complaining that a patient from Kenya,who was admitted to Chrisitian Medical College and Hospital,has been detained by the hospital.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published:March 9, 2009 3:12 am

A city-based NGO has written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) complaining that a patient from Kenya,who was admitted to Chrisitian Medical College and Hospital,has been detained by the hospital.

The CMCH authorities,however,stated that the patient was staying in the hospital at his own will while the hospital has discharged him.

The NGO,Universal Human Rights Commission,has alleged that CMCH authorities have detained one Antony for his failure to clear the dues of the hospital. It is claiming that the patient was detained for non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 6.5 lakh.

The letter written to the NHRC chairman claims that the patient who is a citizen of Kenya,studies at a college in Indore,and was in the city to visit a friend when he had a stomach problem for which he was admitted to the Civil Hospital first. He was later referred to CMCH where he was operated upon twice. Medical superintendent of CMCH,Dr Kanwal Masih,termed the allegations as “totally baseless” as the hospital has discharged the patient. “We have discharged him. But he is staying in the hospital out his own will. We are not forcing him to do so,” said Dr Masih.

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