NHRC Issues Show Cause To Odisha Over Expired Medicine To Kids

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a show-cause notice to Chief Secretary of Odisha why a monetary compensation of Rs 10 lakh only be not recommended to be paid to each of 36 children who were suffering after administered with expired medicine in an anti worming camp in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.

Acting on a complaint of rights activist Akhand in 2014, the apex rights panel had issued a show-cause notice to the Chief Secretary and directed him to submit the reply within six week time.

It is noted that 36 children, between the age group of 1 to 10 years, of Behula village under Garadapur block in Kendrapada district fell sick after taking worm medicine by the local Asha workers and the ANMs in a de-warming camp. On 05 November 2014, a camp was organised at Tikanpur School by the Asha workers of the locality and the ANMs. Albendazole oral suspension was given to about 100 children in the camp. The same medicine was also given to the mothers of the children to feed them in their houses.

But after taking the worm medicine as many as 36 children of Behula village fell sick and complained of headache, vomiting, abdomens aching and also fever. Akhand had sought the intervention of NHRC in the case alleging medicine administered to the children has expired since June 2014.

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