AARTI DHAR, The hindu
Health Ministry failed to act against PATH over HPV trials, allege Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Brinda Karat
Health activists have expressed shock over the government’s tie-up with One World Health (OWH), an affiliate of Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), for a training workshop on crisis management in clinical research for clinical trial professionals organised by the Department of Science and Technology.
Reacting to the news reported in The Hindu , Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a national health coalition, said they were shocked and extremely concerned over the training scheduled for October 29-30 by the government’s Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with OWH, and Clinical Development Service Agency (CDSA) at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Such a collaboration is in complete disregard of the 72nd Parliamentary Standing Committee report on the “Alleged Irregularities in the Conduct of Studies Using Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine by PATH in India,” a statement issued by the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said, while demanding that the contents and recommendations of the report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee be urgently acted upon by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Parliamentary report ignored
Talking to The Hindu , Brinda Karat, member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said she would soon write to the Ministers of Health and Family, and Science and Technology over the issue.
“This is happening because the Health Ministry has failed to take action on the recommendations of the Parliamentary report,” she said.