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Date posted: January 7, 2012

Suggestions  invited on draft public health act for Kerala

An Act makes provision for advancing the Public Health of State of Kerala.

Preamble: WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for advancing the Public Health of State of Kerala and to unify and amend the existing laws relating to the Public Health, it is here by enacted as follows:

1.Short  t itle  and  ex tent .-  (1)  This  Act  may be  called  The Kerala Public Health Act 2009. (2) It extends to the whole State of Kerala.

2. Commencement : It  shall  come in to force on such date as the government may by notification in  the official Gazette, appoint

3.  Def init ions: In this Act, unless the contest otherwise requires

(1) “Aggrieved p erson” means any person who can make an application for grievance under the Act or  rules, and includes

          a. User of the service; or

          b. Person designated by the user ; or c.  An adult member of the family; or

          d. Guardian of the user, in case of user being a minor ; or
e.In event  of the  death of the  user  or  his/her  being incapacitated due to existing physical/  mental/  emotional  state rendering him/her incapable to designate, a person willing to take up the responsibility for the user.

          f.  Any person/persons whose collective community rights are violated.

Download the act draft : www.similima.com/pdf/public-health-act-kerala.pdf

Comments

One Response so far.

  1. A.Swaminathan says:

    The law has not made any proactive changes as i find it a replica of the old Madras public health act and Travancore – Cochin public health act. The law gives powers to a health officer to inspect everything for which he is technically not qualified. The health officers were appointed on the period of british empire when there were huge shortage of physicians and veterinarians. But now with a good number of qualified people available it is irrational to appoint health officers who are not on par with the professional dignity of physicians and veterinarians. Also, the rationale behind the power of a health officer to inspect a dairy and milch animals is not understood. Only a veterinarian is qualified for examining the animals and their products. The commitee on the district health board does not contain any veterinarian and it is stressed to include the professor and Head of Veterinary Public Health in the State Public health board. The complete lack of decision making subject matter specialists when it comes to public health problems relating to animals is a serious lacunae. Following the clauses of older laws without adopting to the current situations will lead only to the detoriation of the system. I apologize if any opinion has been conveyed in an undiplomatic manner.

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