The National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to Kerala government seeking details about the recent outbreak of chikungunya in the state which claimed 40 lives, saying such incidents were a violation of right to health.
Taking cognizance of media reports which pointed out that over one lakh people in the state were affected due to the disease, the Commission asked the state Chief Secretary to provide details about the chikungunya outbreak.
The Commission also directed its Investigation Division to depute a team to Kerala to assess the prevailing situation in the state and submit a report within a month.
“After going through various reports, the Commission said that such incidents are violation of the rights to health of the people of the state,” the NHRC said in a release.
The Commission said the media reports highlighted that more than one lakh people had been affected by the outbreak of chikungunya.