Following the incessant violations of the rights of patients in treatment centers in some parts of the country, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a set of Standard Minimum Guidelines for the protection of the rights of COVID-19 patients in treatment centers across Nigeria.
While Addressing Journalists, in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the Commission revealed that the guidelines were issued in line with the mandate of the Commission to protect and promote human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria.
Ojukwu who said the guidelines contain human rights guarantees such as the rights to life, health, dignity as well as privacy, religion and protection against discrimination, also reiterated it contains provisions aimed at ensuring access to adequate accommodation, food, water with sanitation, Information and communication for patients at treatment centers and facilities within the country.
Persons who have tested positive to COVID-19 and placed in treatment centers are in extreme vulnerable situations and their human rights to life, health and personal dignity should be of paramount concern and a major responsibility of the State”, he said.
While commending governments and health authorities at federal and state levels for the efforts already made to put facilities in place at the centers and for other palliative, Ojukwu urged them to study and put mechanisms in place to implement the Standard Minimum Guidelines noting that patients whose rights have been violated will have the option of seeking redress before the Commission or in courts of law.
Other major highlights of the Guidelines are protection of medical personnel and staff of the treatment centers, persons in intensive care units and the participation of patients clinical or drug trials.