INSEC Urges to Respect the Fundamental Rights to Health
Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) has published a press statement urging the Government of Nepal to return back their decision not to make treatment and experiment of Covid-19 infected people.
The Ministry of Health and Population had informed through a regular press meeting that the meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 5 had decided that the treatment and testing fees of the Covid-19 patients should be paid by the patients themselves from Sunday.
“The government has decided that the bodies of those who died in home isolation should be managed by their respective family members and should inform to local authority and police. INSEC regrets such decisions taken by the government.” said in a statement issued on October 20 by INSEC Chairperson Dr. Indira Shrestha.
All the latest decision of Nepal government is against the decision made by Supreme Court of Nepal and Constitution of Nepal. In Article 35 of Constitution of Nepal has guaranteed 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, similarly every person shall have the right to get information about his or her medical treatment.
The Supreme Court has issued a mandamus order in the name of the Ministry of Health and Population to conduct PCR test for COVID-19 free of cost to save people’s lives from the pandemic. However, government of Nepal is moving opposite direction showed by Supreme Court.
As per the statement, “INSEC regrets the government’s decision to shirk its responsibility to instill hope and trust in the people”.
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