Minister calls for inquiry over allegations of denying treatment to HIV-positive patients

Shillong, July 15: Health Minister AL Hek has directed for an inquiry into the recent allegation against two government hospitals – NEIGRIHMS and Shillong Civil Hospital – for allegedly denying treatment to HIV-positive patients.

“I have asked the joint director of the Shillong Civil Hospital to immediately institute an inquiry to find out the facts,” Hek told reporters here on Monday.

Recently, the Meghalaya State Network for Positive People (MSNP) had alleged that two women who are HIV positive patients were denied treatment by the two government hospitals.

Asked about measures to ensure no discrimination against people living with HIV, the Health Minister maintained that nobody should be denied accessibility to health services in the government hospitals.

“No matter what kind of diseases people are suffering from, they should not be denied any kind of health services in our government hospitals,” he said.

Hek also said that the government will find out whether such incidents are happening in private hospitals as they should not deny health care services to anybody.