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Provide More Ventilators, Beds in COVID Centers: Himachal Pradesh HC

Lawstreet Journal 18 Nov 2020 11:05pm

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The HP High Court directed the state government to increase the number of ventilators and beds in COVID hospitals and COVID health centers, as well as to increase the distribution of oxymeters among patients needing coronavirus.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice L. Narayana Swamy and Justice Anoop Chitkara passed the orders on a petition taken up suo moto as public interest litigation (PIL) on a news item published in The Tribune on November 10, 2020, under the headline “IGMC COVID ward packed to capacity after spurt in cases”.

The court had given a notice to the government in its earlier order and ordered it to make submissions on the measures taken in this regard.

Advocate General Ashok Sharma argued that COVID patients were given sufficient care in the state and were not facing hardships. In a tabulated form, he submitted the district wise/ hospital wise vacancy location of beds in various COVID hospitals/ medical colleges in the state. He reported that in Dedicated COVID Care Centers in Bilaspur, Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan and Una districts, there are 2,401 vacant beds for COVID patients and 2,583 isolation beds (including ICU beds) in Dedicated COVID Care Centers in the state.

Amicus Curiae BC Negi, a senior advocate, said it was a fundamental responsibility of the state to provide appropriate medical care to the citizens. It was not necessary to allow short-term economic gains to threaten long-term public health and welfare, he said and proposed restricting the entry… Continue Reading...

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