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Never Issued any Guidelines recommending spraying of disinfectants on People: Health Ministry to SC in PIL Seeking Ban on Sanitization Tunnels

Lawstreet Journal 10 Sep 2020 12:42am

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An affidavit had been filed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in Supreme Court asserting that it has never issued any advisories or guidelines regarding any kind of usage of disinfection tunnels involving disinfectant chemicals to sanitize the entrance to public places.

In support of the above-mentioned claim, the Ministry has drawn attention to 4 guidelines/ Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by it with regard to measures for disinfection and prevention of COVID-19 to be undertaken in external spaces. These include guidelines for disinfection in Healthcare Facilities from January 2020, those issued for disinfecting common public places on March 29, guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces issued on May 15, and SOP regarding prevention of COVID-19 in office spaces dated June 4.

The affidavit further provides that an expert committee of MoHFW has gone on to advise that it does not recommend spraying of disinfectants on individuals and that spraying disinfectants in both health-care, as well as non-health sectors, is not recommended.

It informed that the Ministry convened a meeting on April 8, 2020, of its technical advisory body, the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG), after taking cognizance of media reports which showed that members of the public were being sprayed with chemicals and exposed to chemicals in walk-in tunnels. 

On April 18, the MoHFW issued an advisory on the basis of recommendations made in the meeting as given under-

1. Spraying of disinfectants on humans is not recommended under any circumstances. Spraying any chemical disinfectant is physically and psychologically… Continue Reading...


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