DB directs Comm Secy Health to file affidavit regarding non-functional of Genetic Counseling Centre


Jammu, May 11: A Division Bench Comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Rahul Bharti directed Commissioner/ Secretary Health to file affidavit regarding non-functional of Genetic Counse-lling Centre. When the PIL came-up for hearing, Divisi-on Bench observed that res-ponse has been filed by the Director Health Services, Jammu. DB observed that reply from the Commissi-oner/ Secretary to Governm-ent, Health Department, UT of J&K is necessary in the matter with a view to deal comprehensively with the issues that have been raised in the writ petition and the timeline within which the Genetic Counseling Cen-tres, Genetic Clinic, Genetic Laboratories etc need to be established.
During the course of hearing Adv Navneet Dubey stated that according to the response filed by the Director, Health Services, Jammu, wherein it has been asserted that one Genetic Counselling Centre has been established in the SMGS Hospital, Jammu, which has since been closed/is non-functional on account of the fact that the concerned Doctor Arshad Bhat, who was incharge of the said Centre has since been transferred.
DB directed that the affidavit to be filed by the Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Health D-epartment shall also add-ress this particular aspect highlighted by the counsel for the petitioner. JNF

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