In many PHCs, there is very shortage of staff in the state. So government has appointed one AYUSH doctor to look after the PHC. In most of the PHCs and CHCs in the state, the medical officer posts were vacant and AYUSH doctors have forcefully prescribes allopathic medicines during emergencies, which is a serious risk for patients. Also, the AYUSH doctors are forced to do night duty alone and forced to prescribe allopathic medicines in emergency cases. It is serious violation of human rights, alleged the petitioner.
As state health department is the nodal agency for implementation of NRHM program including AYUSH doctors’ appointment in every state, the state Government must take necessary action. The NHRC has served notice to chief secretary to submit Action Taken Report within six weeks.
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