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Ensure supply of life-saving drugs in one hour: HC to MP govt

Ensure supply of life-saving drugs in one hour: HC to MP govt
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Jabalpur, Apr 19 (PTI) The Madhya High Court on Monday

directed the state government to ensure the supply of

life-saving drugs within an hour from the requisition made by

doctors treating COVID-19 patients.

The high court also said the government can regulate

the supply of Remdesivir injections and other life-saving

drugs but the process must be hassle-free and that the supply

of the drug should be time-bound, amicus curiae and senior

advocate Naman Nagrath said.

The HC also observed that "being a national calamity

and a country-wide problem, the union government should

consider to arrange oxygen from the industrial use and if not

sufficient, import it".

"Similarly increase the production of Remdesivir and

till such time it is not done it should consider to import

it," the HC said.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and

Justice Atul Sreedharan observed: "The high court in an

extraordinary situation like the present one, when they are

brought to notice, cannot just play a silent spectator".

The bench directed the state government to ensure that

the supply of the drug be planned in such a way that the time

limit from requisition made by treating doctors and the supply

of medicines does not exceed an hour, Nagrath said.

"The state government may regulate the supply of

Remdesivir injections and other life-saving drugs but the

process adopted for this purpose should be hassle-free and

should not be cumbersome," the order said.

"Ordinarily these matters lie in the domain of the

Executive, who has the responsibility to resolve all the

identified problematic issues," it said.

The order said one can easily imagine the situation of

district headquarters, sub-divisions and rural areas where the

disease of coronavirus is said to have made inroads.

"This is a scenario which is emerging from major

cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur," the bench

stated.

It said that all the hospitals, whether government or

private, shall not refuse to attend to the patients suffering

from other serious ailments and provide them timely treatment.

The Madhya Pradesh government should take over the

buildings of government and private schools/colleges, training

centres, marriage halls, hotels and stadiums etc to set up

covid care and dedicated health centres, the order said.

The government might do so either itself or by

involving the private hospitals or reputed NGOs, it said.

The HC also directed the state government to take

steps to set up more electric crematoriums in at least big

cities and get repaired those which are out of order.

The bench said the government should consider

suggestions of the Indian Medical Association and the MP

Nursing Home Association to provide a soft loan to set up its

own air separation Units.

The HC said the state government should place on

record the correct data with regard to number of sanctioned

posts and working strength of senior specialists, specialists,

medical officers, health officers, Ayush medical officers,

paramedical staff and technicians.

"Looking at the scarcity of the adequate number of

medical staff in the emergent situation, the state government

should consider reappointing the medical officers, paramedical

and nursing staff, who have retired during past two to three

years, to cope up with the ongoing crisis," it stated.

The HC further directed the government to take stock

of the day-to-day situation of the number of patients,

availability of beds, ICU beds and ventilators, and as per the

requirement, consider enhancing the capacity to cater to the

need of a given place.

The state government shall ensure displaying of data

with regard to the availability of normal beds, ICU beds and

ventilators on its ''Sarthak'' portal of all government and

private hospitals/ nursing homes on a real-time basis.

The HC said the government shall, if it has not

already notified the rates, fix the rates for being charged by

the private hospitals/nursing homes and private pathological

labs/ diagnostic centres for treatment/tests in consonance

with its earlier orders by indicating capping of such charges

and should ensure that these rates are adhered to by them.

"Being a national calamity and a country-wide problem,

the union government should consider to arrange oxygen from

the industrial use and if not sufficient, import it.

Similarly, increase production of Remdesivir and till such

time it is not done it should consider to import it," the

order said.

The HC pronounced the order after taking on record the

action plan of the state government and the submissions of

other counsels appearing in a bunch of petitions during the

hearing held last week. PTI COR ADU

NSK NSK


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