08 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Sunday directed the State Government to initiate action against Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar for suspension/cancellation of its registration. The NHRC directive came in connection with violation of provisions of Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act.
“The Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha is directed to take this matter before the Appropriate Authority for taking action within four weeks, under Section 16 of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994, with regard to suspension/cancellation of registration of Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, as it has breached the provisions of the said Act, and submit a report within eight weeks before the Commission,” the NHRC notice stated.
The matter relates to a kidney transplant surgery which was carried out in 2013 at Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar. It was alleged that the private hospital had taken out the kidney of one Anil Kumar Swamy through deception.
“In this matter, the Authorization Committee constituted by the Government of Odisha has approved/granted NOC for transplantation of kidney from Jayaram Dora (donor) to Raghaba Ram Dora (recipient) without verifying or conducting proper enquiry in this matter and subsequently the kidney of Anil Swamy was removed and transplanted into the body of Raghaba Ram Dora,” the NHRC order stated.
“Also, it appears that there is a connivance of Apollo Hospital for obtaining the NOC for transplantation of kidney of Jayaram Dora, whereas the kidney of Anil Kumar Swamy was taken out and transplanted into the body of Raghaba Ram Dora. This is a serious lapse on the part of the Authorization Committee constituted by the State Government as it has granted the NOC in a very routine manner. Hence, the Government of Odisha is vicariously liable for such lapse of the Authorization Committee,” the report read.
The NHRC has also directed the State Government to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to Swamy and submit a proof of payment within six weeks. OMMCOM NEWS contacted the Public Relations Department of Apollo Hospital Bhubaneswar which stated that their Legal Department will be handling the matter.