Bombay High Court Seeks Information from Maharashtra Government, BMC on Condition of Crematories | India News
MUMBAI: The bodies of Covid-19 patients cannot lie down for hours waiting to be cremated, the Bombay High Court he said Tuesday, and asked the Maharashtra government and BMC to inform you about the condition of crematoria across the state and in Mumbai.
A bench in the division of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Judge GS Kulkarni said that in several crematoria there is a waiting period before bodies are cremated and relatives of victims are forced to queue outside crematories. .
“The Maharashtra government and all other civic authorities will have to come up with some mechanism to address this problem. The bodies cannot be left like this for hours together. They are corpses,” the court said.
If there is a waiting period in a crematorium, the body should not be discharged from the hospital, said the HC.
Judge Kulkarni cited an incident in the Beed district of Maharashtra, where 22 bodies of COVID-19 victims were put into an ambulance while being transported to the crematorium.
The court was hearing a lot of public interest litigation, seeking instructions related to the shortage of Remdesivir injections, oxygen supply, availability of beds and other issues.
Attorney Simil Purohit, who appeared on behalf of one of the petitioners, told the court that tokens are being distributed in crematoria.
“There has to be some dignity in death. Making bodies lie like this would also increase the spread of the virus,” argued Purohit.
The court took note of the arguments and said that media reports also point to the reality of the terrain in the crematoria.
“The condition of some crematoria is such that the ovens do not work. The authorities should devise some mechanism or establish alternative sites to incinerate the bodies,” the court said.
The HC led the government of Maharashtra and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file an affidavit on April 29, informing the court of the status of crematoria across the state and in Mumbai.
The court also ordered the Union government to submit an affidavit regarding the supply and allocation of Remdesivir injections to Maharashtra.
“The Union government will report how much Remdesivir is allocated. Maharashtra is still at the top with regard to the number of COVID-19 cases,” the court said.
The court also requested a response from the Union government on a recent incident in which BJP MP Sujay Vikhe Patil allegedly purchased vials of Remdesivir from Delhi and distributed them in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
“This MP airlifted 10,000 vials of Remdesivir from Delhi and distributed it in Ahmednagar. Doesn’t this amount to private distribution? How is this possible? Delhi itself is in crisis and facing a shortage of Remdesivir injections,” he said the court.
Chief Justice Datta said that if the court finds in the future that such a person gets Remdesivir injections from companies and distributes them privately, then “we will take action.”
“There has to be an equitable distribution of available resources. Everybody has to get it,” the court said.
The bank also directed the BMC to submit an affidavit explaining how its helpline number 1916 and other COVID-19 war room numbers work.
Purohit further informed the court about the unavailability of ICU beds in Mumbai, to which the court asked him to try calling the 1916 helpline number.
When Purohit called the number and looked for an ICU bed for a patient, the operator gave him the number of the Worli division war room.
The operator of the war room number asked Purohit to submit the patient’s COVID-19 report.
BMC’s attorney, Anil Sakhare, said this was the process followed and the patient’s report is being examined to determine if hospitalization is required.
Sakhare told the court that the BMC dashboard on hospital bed availability is updated every two hours.
The HC said that it was not blaming anyone at this stage, but that the authorities should make full use of their resources.
“Let’s think positively now and move forward with a positive approach,” the court said.
Sakhare told the court that the situation in Mumbai is improving with the reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases and there is supply of oxygen and Remdesivir.
“At BMC hospitals and COVID-19 care centers, we do not ask patients or their families to obtain Remdesivir or any medicine from outside. We provide it ourselves,” Sakhare said.
The bank also allowed Indian Medical Association (Pune Division) to intervene in the matter and said the association could present its suggestions on April 29.