Use facilities of armed forces, HC tells Karnataka
Bench pulls up govt. for lack of preparation, flags shortages
Observing that the dearth of preparedness to handle a sudden surge of COVID-19 instances is a catastrophe on the half of the State authorities, the High Court of Karnataka on Thursday directed the administration to right away get in contact with the armed forces looking for help in offering beds with oxygen provide facility.
“The armed forces, including Indian Air Force and the Navy, always provide help to citizens in situations likes natural disasters… and we hope that the armed forces will go out of the way to help citizens of Bengaluru city by providing beds with oxygen facility,” the High Court noticed.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar handed the order whereas noticing that the State authorities and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been solely marginally in a position to enhance the quantity of totally different classes of beds to deal with COVID-19 sufferers within the metropolis.
The State authorities and the BBMP have additionally been directed to right away strategy officers of the South Western Railway to utilise railway coaches readied for COVID-19 sufferers.
The bench issued the instructions after counsel for the Central authorities M.N. Kumar identified that there are over 200 railway coaches, with beds to deal with COVID-19 sufferers, in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi, and the Railways had intimated availability of these coaches to the State authorities, which has not but proven curiosity in utilizing them.
The bench mentioned the federal government should come out with an estimate of beds required of totally different classes, like ICU, ICU with ventilator, beds with oxygen provide, and Remdesivir injection and oxygen as “preparedness and capacity building for dealing with the disaster” is a vital job assigned to the State Disaster Management Authority below the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The bench additionally directed the State authorities to right away write to the Central authorities to reinforce allocation of Remdesivir and oxygen whereas directing the Centre to resolve on growing allocation instantly.