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Madhya Pradesh HC Takes Stock of the State’s Covid-19 Preparedness; Directs all State Governments to Ensure Green Corridors for Oxygen Tankers

Lawstreet Journal 3 May 2021 10:58pm

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday (30/04/2021) while considering a batch of petitions, including a Suo Moto petition, on the state’s preparedness to manage the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic directed all state governments to ensure seamless transport of medical oxygen by providing green corridors for inter-sate oxygen tankers.

The matter was heard by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Atul Sreedharan.

While hearing the petitions the court had inquired into several aspects of the state's covid-19 preparedness. The Amicus Curie appointed by the court, Naman Nagrath informed the court about the lack of oxygen and Remdesivir supply in the state despite previous directions issued by the court. It was submitted that more than 60 deaths have so far taken place in the State owing to lack of oxygen. It was argued that the state’s portrayal regarding the availability of oxygen was far from reality and that out of the 8 oxygen plants that have been allotted to the state under the PM CARES Fund only 5 are operational. It was submitted that each of these plants costs Rs 1 Crore for construction and ideally there should be an allocation of Rs 50 Crores so that oxygen plants can be set up at each of the 52 districts in the state to cater to the needs of all the district hospitals. 

The Amicus Curie also pointed to the shortage in the supply of testing facilities, critical medicines like Remdesivir and hospital beds in the state. He further… Continue Reading...

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