The High Court Division Bench was hearing a suo-motu cognizance on states present situation Credit: File Image

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Friday sought further clarification on states’ preparedness and measures taken to fight the novel coronavirus amidst the surge in cases.

The Court has also asked the state government to clarify if the state has any complaint resolution system to address the conveniences while undergoing treatment.

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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 advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik apprised the bench headed by Chief Justice Akhil Kureshi and Justice Subhasish Talapatra that the state started working since January last, even before the Centre issued the first circulation in April.

“It is a pandemic and probably the deadliest disease of mankind which we could never imagine. Even our ancestors have also never faced such a pandemic and this has no treatment in the history”, Bhowmik told EastMojo.

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He also informed that court that a central team from Delhi, who are on a 10 day visit to help the state fight the virus has observed that people do not wear face masks, maintain social distancing and thirdly report in the hospital in time.

Speaking with EastMojo, Bhowmik said that he has appraised the court that the only way to fight the infection is by adhering to the social distancing, wearing of face mask and treatment on time.

The Chief Justice Akhil Kureshi discussed point by point on the questions that the court had asked and sought additional information related to the management.

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The advocate general informed the court that the state government is trying is best to contain the virus, but it is not possible for the state alone without cooperation from all.

“People from the society have to come together and help the state. We seek support from the people, media and the High Court so that together we can fight this deadly virus,” Bhowmik said.

He also informed the court that some people are trying to create panicking situation by making irresponsible comments.

“Some leaders have called the Govind Ballabh Pant hospital ‘hell’, while another leader said that going to GBP hospital is choosing death. We have asked the court to appeal so that people do not act in an irresponsible way,” Bhowmik informed the court.

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“The chief justice has appealed to act responsible and also inquired if there is any complaint resolution system to address the convenience of people,” Bhowmik said.

The High Court asked the state to file an additional counter affidavit to clarify the 14 new queries which the division bench made on Friday.

Earlier, 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.

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The details which the court has asked the state to file additional affidavit with answers include–

i. Number of lab technician appointments in each district.

ii. Amount of fine collected by the state for not using a mask.

iii. Central Investigation Team’s report.

iv. Guidelines, conditions and how home isolation is enforced.

v. Bed per patient available in GBP Hospital.

vi. No. of available ventilators.

vii. Number of oxygen cylinders available.

viii. Number of ambulances with oxygen and other facilities.

ix. Helpline no how frequently used.

x. To consider establishment of Special enquiry cell 24×7.

xi. Whether there is any Complaint resolution system.

xii. Testing per day.

xiii. Positive rate per day.

xiv. Recovery rate per day.

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The High Court has appointed advocate Somik Deb, as the Amicus Curiae in the case, while the court has granted 10 day time to the state government to file detailed clarification on the COVID-19 situation. The next date of hearing has been fixed on September 28 next.

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