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Dummy mobile no, hospital address can be used to test mentally ill homeless: ICMR to HC | India News


NEW DELHI: The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) told the Delhi High Court on Friday that a fake phone number and laboratory or hospital address can be used for Covid-19 testing in homeless people with mental illness.
The country’s main medical research body found the solution to address the problem of homeless people with mental illness who do not undergo the Covid-19 test due to the lack of a government-issued identity card, a proof of address or a mobile phone number as required by the testing guidelines. issued by the ICMR.
Taking note of the solution proposed by the investigating body, a bench of the Chief Justice DN Patel and Judge Prateek Jalan got rid of a PIL proposed by the defender Gaurav Kumar Bansal, seeking guidelines for Covid-19 testing of people. homeless with mental illness in Delhi.
“It seems that the authorities have been careful enough,” the bank said.
He also asked authorities to consider Bansal’s suggestion to use the police officer’s identity documents for the mentally homeless in his area.
On July 24, the court asked the ICMR to issue a clarification that mobile phone number, government-issued identity card, photographs, or even proof of residency for Covid testing should not be stressed. 19 homeless people with mental illness.
In its affidavit, the investigating body has said that states can issue their own guidelines for setting up camps to screen such individuals and ensure that the “test, trace, treat” strategy is followed.
According to an ICMR notice, dated June 19, a government issued a proof of identity and a valid phone number were needed to conduct the Covid-19 test, for the purpose of track and trace.
Bansal had stated in his petition that the Delhi government did not take seriously the lack of guidelines on testing for homeless people with mental illness.
He said that on June 9 the superior court had ordered him to address the complaints raised by him in another PIL on the matter.
He had also said that on June 13 he had sent a proxy to Delhi’s chief government secretary to treat homeless people with mental illness in the national capital who do not have proof of residency.
However, the Delhi government did nothing, it had told the court.

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