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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The NHRC has issued notice to the union health ministry and the Delhi government over a 10-year-old boy losing his leg after he was denied timely treatment, an official said on Friday.

A shard of glass had pierced Bilal’s leg in an accident and the boy’s family took him to a local quack who stitched up the wound without removing the glass.

Days later, he was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital and the doctors there too failed to detect the piece of glass lodged inside the boy’s foot and it was only after three days that the glass was detected and removed. However, by then infection had set in.

“The boy was then transferred to Lok Nayak hospital, where he was initially refused admission but later kept for two days and then discharged and was referred to Gangaram hospital. His family members then took him to a hospital in Meerut where his foot was amputated in order to save his life,” the NHRC said in a statement.

The incident was an indicator of mismanaged health services in Delhi and carelessness of doctors in government hospitals, who do not examine the patients properly, the National Human Rights Commission said.

Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report on the incident, the NHRC issued notice to the secretary, union ministry of health and family welfare, the secretary, health department, Delhi government, the commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the secretary of Delhi Medical Council calling for a report within two weeks.

They have also been asked to specify steps taken for the identification of quacks practicing in Delhi, action taken against the erring doctors as well as details about the scheme framed for providing monetary relief to victims of medical negligence.

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30 Doorstep Services Offered By Delhi Government AAP

Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

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AAP brings 70 doorstep services for delhi residents. IANS

People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70. The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out.

Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms told IANS. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp.

In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. In the first phase, people got certificates of marriage, caste, domicile, income, births and deaths among others at their doors.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to offer 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps. IANS

Driving license, new water or sewer connection and disconnection were also provided under the scheme which functions between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. through a ‘Mobile Sahayak’. The government had planned to roll out more services by February but they got delayed.

“Once the second phase is on track, steps to start the third phase will be initiated,” the official said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has plans to have at least 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps, the official said.

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi told IANS: “The plan initially was to take things online but we realised that people find it more easy to call a number and get the services instead of doing things online.” The tenure of the Kejriwal government will end on February 2020. (IANS)

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