COVID-19 | A.P. HC | Patients found COVID-19 positive and going through treatment, whether those patients have been duly treated providing facilities?

Andhra Pradesh High Court, Amravati: A Division Bench of Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, CJ and M. Satyanarayana Murthy, J. took up the present matter pursuant to the order passed on 01-04-2020 by this Court —In Re. Corona Virus-COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

Concern of taking up the present matter is with respect to the health treatment facilities to patients and doctors, who are facing the Coronavirus cases.

Bench noted that Sri C. Sumon, Special Government Advocate tried to justify the action of the Government referring the chart prepared and rational use of PPE Kits issued by WHO.

Petitioner’s Counsel submitted that Advocates are not in a position to earn their livelihood however in view of the directions issued by by Kerala and Madras High Court, some directions to pay interim amount to Advocates may be issued. Further, looking at scarcity of masks, sanitizers, etc. State Government should provide the same.

Court’s concern after perusal of the arguments and report submitted was that the patients found COVID -19 Positive shifted to Government General Hospital, Eluru are being duly treated with all facilities or not?

Further Court asked for the submission of the report of suspected patients and if some amongst them are found positive then due treatment to be provided, otherwise remaining patients to be kept in supervision/quarantine.

Matter was adjourned with a report being sought from State government with the observation that State authorities shall comply with Supreme Court’s Order dated 31-03-2020 and observe guidelines issued by Centre with regard to treatment to be provided to the patients.

Matter to be listed in the next week on first sitting of Bench. [In Re. Corona Virus-COVID-19 Pandemic, WP (PIL) No. 86 of 2020, decided on 02-04-2020]


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