The High Court Division Bench was heating a suo-motu cognizance on states present situation

Agartala: Taking note of the states deteriorating COVID-19 situation, the Tripura High Court, on Friday, served notices to the state government asking them to produce details on preparedness by September 18 next.

The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Akhil Kureshi and Justice Subhasish Talapatra served the notice with 8 questions to the state government on COVID-19 infrastructure.

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The High Court took a suo-motu cognizance on the state’s present situation over the management based on the media reports published on local newspapers and served notice to the state government seeking their response in a week.

The court while hearing said, “We would not like to be guided solely by these newspaper reports and would like to gather further information from the Government. While recognizing the need to allow the Government to do its duty during these difficult times, this court is of the opinion that the time has come when the court needs to make inquiries from the Government with respect to the issues revolving around the handling of coronavirus spread in the state and more particularly of providing health care to those who are tested positive”.

“The court also said that a cursory glance at these figures would show that as per the Government declaration, there are in all 2865 hospital beds available across the state for coronavirus patients, of these 240 seem to be available at AGMC and GBP hospital, Agartala.

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The court also observed that there are 279 patients at the Govind Ballabh Pant hospital, which is higher than a total number of beds available.

”It appears that there are only 19 ventilators available, all at AGMC and GBP hospital, Agartala. This would imply that all patients with acute breathing problem and who are required to be put on ventilator, would have to be shifted to Agartala. If such a situation develops suddenly, shifting the patient from a remote area would be a challenge”, the court observed.

The High Court has sent a list of 8 questions which includes— number of active corona cases in the State, if possible with district wise break-up.

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The number of corona treatment centres with break-up of which are fully equipped with necessary infrastructure, medicines and medical and paramedical staff

Whether there is any private hospital in the State which has been given permission to admit coronavirus patients. If yes, the maximum capacity of such hospital(s) to admit such patients and the treatment charges which these hospitals have been authorized by the Government to collect from the patients.

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We are sure the Government would address to the concerns of the general public as are projected by the print media and take such measures as are necessary to improve the condition in Government treatment centres.

Reacting to the notice served by the High Court, advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik said that the intervention of the High Court would help in improving the management and solve the matter effectively“, Bhowmik said.

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