Solve Delhi Oxygen Crisis in 2 Days, Supreme Court Tells Center | India News
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Center to rectify the oxygen issuance of Delhi hospitals within two days, before midnight on May 3.
In an order, released Sunday night, the Apex cut ordered the Center, in collaboration with other states, to prepare an oxygen reserve for emergencies and to decentralize the location of emergency reserves. “The emergency stocks will be created within the next four days and will be replenished day by day, in addition to the existing allocation of oxygen supply to the States,” said the SC in its order approved in the case of suo motu initiated by him. on matters related to oxygen supply etc. in relation to Covid.
The high court also ordered the Center, within two weeks, to formulate a national policy on hospital admissions that will be followed by all state governments. Said central and state governments will notify all chief clerks / DGP / CP that any repression of information on social media or harassment caused to people seeking / providing help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this court .
Until the formulation of said national policy by the central government, no patient will be denied hospitalization or essential drugs in any state / UT for lack of proof of local residence of that state / UT or even in the absence of proof of identity, ordered the court. .
He also directed that the Center review its initiatives and protocols, including oxygen availability, vaccine availability and pricing, availability of essential drugs at affordable prices, and respond to all other issues highlighted in this order before the next date. audience.
“We seriously urge the central and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and high-profile events. They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare, ”the high court said. “Having said that, we are aware of the socioeconomic impact of a shutdown, specifically, on underserved communities. Therefore, should a confinement measure be imposed, arrangements must be made in advance to address the needs of these communities, ”the court said in its order.
He said that in light of the continued rise in infections in the second wave of the pandemic, the court ordered the Center and state governments to put on record the efforts made to curb the spread of the virus and the measures they plan to take. The near future. The court said the Center should also consider using the health workforce available with the armed forces and paramilitary forces for the purpose of vaccinating.
He became aware of the fact that several critical medications, used to treat Covid-19, such as Remdesivir Y Tocilizumab, they are sold at inflated prices or in false forms and said that it is a “reprehensible attempt to exploit the misery of the people and to profit from their impotence”.