Nainital High Court reprimanded the health-tourism secretary
The High Court reprimanded the Health and Tourism Secretaries on the bad reputation and mismanagement of the tourism state amid the Corona transition
The High Court reprimanded the Health and Tourism Secretaries on the bad reputation and mismanagement of the tourism state amid the Corona transition. Expressing displeasure over not presenting the Covid death audit report, a bench headed by the Chief Justice ordered action against private hospitals on complaints of recovery of excess amount.
On the next hearing to be held on June 16, the court has ordered the tourism secretary to personally present the Chardham Yatra roadmap along with tourism reforms. Apart from this, the Health Secretary was directed to submit an audit report of every health requirement related to Covid including ventilators, ICU, life-saving medicines in hospitals.
A division bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Verma on Wednesday heard the public interest litigations filed regarding the poor arrangements of the quarantine centers in the state through video conferencing. The court asked the central and state governments to make preparations to deal with the third wave of the corona.
The court said that along with the supply of life-saving medicines, the system of oxygen should be ensured. Provide every district hospital with all kinds of facilities including ventilators, ICUs necessary for Covid. Arrangement of isolation center should be ensured at village level also.
The court also expressed concern over the increasing cases of black fungus and asked the government to ensure the supply of essential medicines. The court said that the government should take the help of celebrities to create awareness about corona among the people.
Order to health secretary
The court said that apart from corona, the patients of other diseases should also be concerned. The court directed Secretary Amit Negi to prepare a separate hospital for Covid patients so that patients suffering from other diseases can also get treatment prominently. The court has asked Secretary Health to provide detailed details on all these points at the next hearing.
Tourism secretary reprimanded
The court even once expressed surprise over Secretary Dilip Jawalkar not inspecting the ground preparations for the Chardham Yatra. The court ordered the Tourism Secretary to present the roadmap for Chardham Yatra, besides tourism development in places like Nainital-Mussoorie, etc. The court also asked to submit an SOP.
The court gave these important instructions
- The central government should supply life saving drugs to Uttarakhand in an uninterrupted form.
- The state government should ensure the availability of medicines related to black fungus.
- Form a district level task force for people who missed the vaccine due to ID cards.
- In the hilly areas, get a door-to-door survey conducted by a committee of ASHA workers, home guards and nurses
- In the new SOP, it should also be clarified that for which disease the cost is fixed.
- Considering the suggestions of the civil society and take necessary action.
This is the case
Advocate Dushyant Mainali and Dehradun resident Satchidanand Dabral had filed separate PILs in the High Court for the plight of the quarantine centers and Covid hospitals in the state and better health facilities for the migrants returning to Uttarakhand.
Earlier, in the case of poor quarantine centers, the District Legal Services Authority secretary presented a detailed report in the court and admitted that all the quarantine centers of Uttarakhand are in a bad condition and no proper arrangements have been made by the government for the migrants there. Taking cognizance of this, the court had ordered the formation of district-wise monitoring committees under the chairmanship of DM for regular monitoring of hospitals and also sought suggestions from the committees.