Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Monday served a notice to the state government to submit details in a week on steps taken, especially the triage system, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice AA Kureshi and Justice S Talapatra was hearing a PIL filed by an advocate Bhaskar Debbarma.

The writ petition was filed based on three issues, said advocate Rumela Guha, who represented the petitioner.

“We have demanded for the localised triage system in Tripura. In Maharashtra’s BMC, a triage system was devised to provide healthcare services to the COVID-19 positive persons. The system in Delhi has collapsed for not being followed properly,” Guha said.

She also said that her client wanted to know about the availability of medical equipment including oxygen cylinders, medicines, equipment and ventilators, among others.

The court after hearing the petition served a notice to the state government seeking response within a week.

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The HC also said that with the medical and scientific data collected by the petitioner, he has made certain suggestions to enable the state administration to deal with the situation more effectively.

“In particular, she highlighted that if a proper system is not put in place, the possibility of a corona patient, while being shifted from home to the care centre or hospital or from one hospital to another, infecting a large number of people whom he or she may come in contact with multiplies. She, therefore, stressed further requirement of proper mechanism for smooth and swift shifting of a corona patient in such situations,” the court observed.

The court also said that the state administration represented through the government advocate and the advocate general would keep in mind that these suggestions form part of the petition.

The high court also tagged the petition along with the suo motu case registered at the HC last year and fixed the next date of hearing on May 31.

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