Asthmatic patients were forced to accept COVID-19
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has expressed regrets over increase in cases of human rights abuses in Rivers State
The commission stated that the privileges of numerous Asthmatic patients have been abused in Rivers State by certain medical clinics.
The Director of the NHRC Rivers State Office, Mrs. Chinwe Okoroji, after receiving a report of investigation and monitoring of rights abuses by the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, YEAC with support from Land is Life, during the Covid-19 lockdown in the country, said that the rise was recorded from the second quarter of the year till date.
Confirming that Asthmatic patients were forced to accept COVID-19, she said:
Since the Covid-19 we have had a series of humane rights violations because we also monitored the process. Like the policewoman that was killed in the Eneka area of Rivers State. This office is ranking second on reports of violations of rights received recently.
There were also issues of hospitals rejecting patients and forcing them to accept that they have Covid-19 when they don’t have it. This mostly happened to Asthmatic patients.
She complimented the Advocacy Center for setting aside effort to aggregate the rights violation report, including that its discoveries would uphold NHRC in its activities.
However, the Executive Director of the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, YEAC, Fyneface Dumnamene, on the other side noted that the monitoring was undertaken by the group through its One Million Youth Volunteers Network of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters in the nine states of the Niger Delta.
He tasked NHRC to step up its efforts in partnering with Non-Governmental Organization and other civic groups on monitoring rights abuses and called for the Government to set up a special court to be handling issues of rights violations for quick dispensation of justice.
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