Target: Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana
Goal: Reprimand hospital staffs who allegedly denied treatment to AIDS patient.
A 14-year-old boy was allegedly refused treatment for HIV by multiple hospitals. The boy originally went to Niloufer Hospital, where he was denied treatment (according to the National Human Rights Commission) under the claim that this hospital’s policy was not to admit children over 12 years of age. The boy was then sent to Osmania General Hospital, but after volunteers arranged for him and his grandmother to stay overnight, the doctors allegedly refused to examine him and instead referred him to yet another hospital. However, according to the National Human Rights Commission, the Chest Hospital referred him back to the last one to “undergo a liver function test besides getting an expert opinion from a gastroenterologist, before the treatment could be initiated.”
The NHRC stated that the boy, who could be under trauma due to AIDS, and his aged grandmother have suffered as a result of the hospitals’ callous and insensible attitude. “Instead of initiating treatment, they made the boy and his grandmother run from one hospital to another in the name of jurisdiction and non-availability of different facilities,” said the NHRC.
Denying this young boy treatment for AIDS is appalling and completely unacceptable. Please sign this petition to demand that the hospitals’ alleged refusal to treat an AIDS patients be met with appropriate discipline.
Dear Mr. Rao,
A 14-year-old boy was reportedly refused medical treatment for AIDS by multiple hospitals. Instead of attempting to treat the boy, the hospital staffs kept referring him to other hospitals, according to the NHRC, who referred to this attitude as callous and insensible.
This poor young boy suffered unnecessarily. We urge you to see to it that this reproachable denial of treatment never occurs again, and ensure that the hospital staffs be appropriately reprimanded, if guilty.
[Your Name Here]
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