Shillong ( Meghalaya ), Feb 11 : The Health Department has agreed to pay the compensation of Rs.3 lakhs to the mother who lost her new born baby after the Ganesh Das Hospital here refused admission into the hospital and was later called by the hospital authorities after the intervention of a NGO.
The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission has taken sou motu cognizance based on the news item published In “The Shillong Times” dated 29.07.2020 under the caption “Ganesh Das Hospital under cloud after newborn’s death”.
The Commission in its order passed on 30.07.2020 to the Chief Secretary,, Meghalaya has asked for an effective enquiry to be conducted into the entire matter and to submit the detailed report within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice.
Based on the enquiry report, the Commission had called for an evidence from the victim (mother) and her witnesses on 11.03.21.
The Medical Superintendent of Ganesh Das Hospital along with the witnesses were also called for evidence on 19.04.2021 and the Medical Superintendent (Retd) on 27.04.2021.
Considering the matter from all angles including the trauma and mental agony suffered by and the damage caused to the Victim (Mother) by losing her child, the Full Bench of the Commission comprising of chairperson Justice T. Vaiphei, members of the Commission, Ms B. Giri and P.J.P. Hanaman recommended a compensation of Rs.3,00,000/- .
The Commission observed that the state government should give due consideration to the recommendations made and should not drive the victim (mother) to ventilate her grievance by engaging a counsel at huge litigation costs and expenses, which she could ill-afford.