Whenever a physician or nurse-midwife discovers that a newborn in his or her care has inflammation of the eye(s) with suppuration, he or she shall report these symptoms to the Commissioner of Public Health within 6 hours of their discovery. Upon receipt of such communication the Commissioner of Public Health, unless he finds such report to be incorrect, shall issue an order directing the parents of such child (or other person charged with its care) either to: (1) place such child in the care of a registered physician; or (2) submit immediately satisfactory proof of inability to pay for such medical service. If the Director of the Department of Human Services finds that the parents or such other person are unable to pay for such medical treatment, he shall order the parents (or such other person) to place the child in a hospital to be designated by the Department of Human Services and at the expense of said Department.
Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-302. 1973 Ed., § 6-202. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 6-83, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-801. Miscellaneous Notes Office of Director of Public Health abolished: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7-101. Health Department abolished: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 7- 180. DC CODE § 7-802 Current through December 11, 2012
(Apr. 27, 1937, 50 Stat. 120, ch. 144, § 2; Aug. 1, 1950, 64 Stat. 393, ch. 513, § 1; Feb. 21, 1986, D.C. Law 6-83, § 4(b), 32 DCR 7276.)