Nehru Stadium is Remdesivir sales point
Court says it is a war-like state of affairs by which remedy needs to be afforded to all in want of it
The State authorities on Thursday knowledgeable the Madras High Court of its choice to shift the Remdesivir sales counters from the Kilpauk Medical College to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Periamet to handle the gang higher. The court docket was additionally informed that extra counters can be opened on the stadium in order that the attenders of sufferers at non-public hospitals needn’t wait in queues for lengthy.
Advocate-General R. Shunmugasundaram made the submission earlier than the primary Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy on the listening to of a suo motu PIL petition taken up by the court docket to watch the combat in opposition to COVID-19.
After having a phrase with Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan, the Advocate-General stated the counters can be shifted to the stadium as early as doable.
During the course of the listening to, advocate Naveen Kumar Murthi dropped at the discover of the court docket that sufferers had been dying in ambulances that queued up exterior authorities hospitals whereas ready for his or her flip to get admitted. He claimed that 9 sufferers had died in ambulances as a result of they might not get admitted in time, and urged the court docket to difficulty acceptable instructions.
Observing that they, too, had seen pictures of ambulances queuing up exterior hospitals in newspapers, the judges, of their interim order, wrote: “Learned Advocate-General has assured the court that steps are being taken to ensure that there is no such queuing up and that ambulances are not held as additional hospital units. For such purpose, additional stretchers may be procured by government hospitals to house patients in corridors and other places.”
The court docket went on to state: “This is a war-like situation where treatment has to be afforded to all who need the same. By and large, things appear to be under control and nothing untoward has, thankfully, been reported on account of lack of oxygen or the like. However, to ensure that there is prevention of a large number of cases in future, immediate steps need to be taken to accelerate the rate of vaccination and create awareness of the need for inoculation.”
Taking notice of some hospitals in Tamil Nadu in addition to in Puducherry mendacity in disuse, the court docket ordered that each endeavour have to be made to transform these institutions into makeshift hospitals to deal with COVID-19 sufferers.