Whole Community At Risk: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday said that untreated Hepatitis-C patients were a constant source of transmission of infection to the community.

Dr Nisar ul Hassan, president DAK said in a statement that with the outbreak of Hepatitis-C in south Kashmir last year and surfacing of cluster of cases in old city was a concern and a colossal human tragedy indeed. 

“Government has failed in preventing hepatitis c in community and by not providing treatment to hepatitis c positive patients, is responsible for their deaths and secondary transmission of the virus in the community”, he said.

“Politicians by making false promises of free treatment to Hepatitis-C patients during public rallies are playing with human lives’, Hassan said.

“The enormous burden of secondary transmission of hepatitis c has been compounded by government issuing chemist shop licenses to unqualified persons who by way of their wrong medical practices are a major source of infection of the virus. Government has failed to close unhygienic clinics responsible for spreading hepatitis c disease”, DAK chief said.

He further said that Government has violated constitutional obligation by not providing treatment to hepatitis c patients. Right to health as integral part of right to live is a fundamental and constitutional right of every person under Article 21.Preservation of human life is thus of paramount importance and government is duty bound to extend medical assistance to protect human lives. Lack of financial resources cannot be   a reason for the state to shy away from its constitutional obligation. Depriving human beings of medical treatment is a gross human rights violation and those responsible should be prosecuted.

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