The Rajasthan High Court today issued notice to the Central Government, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the State Government on a petition seeking various directions for managing the second wave of Covid-19 in the State.
As the matter has been kept for hearing on May 6, a Division bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Vinit Kumar Mathur has issued a slew of directions to the concerned authorities in the meanwhile.
Realtime Updates on Bed Availability
As there is an acute shortage of beds at Covid-19 hospitals, the Court has asked the Respondents to make available the position of beds on their website on a "Real Time Basis".
"The projection of vacancies of the beds may be reflected immediately on their portal without sticking to the time schedule of three times a day," the order states.
The State Government as well as Central Government have been directed to ensure adequate supply of Oxygen and other medicines required to deal with the virus, on 'war footing'.
"The supply of oxygen and medicines should be ensured in the Government hospitals as well private hospitals without their being any distinctions," the Court ordered.
It has also directed the State Government to explore the possibility of operation of Oxygen generation plants in the State, which are presently not in operation but are capable of producing Oxygen, forthwith.
Availability of Remdesivir
The competent authorities of the State Government have been directed to supply medicines, in particular Remdesivir injection, on receipt of the requisition urgently and not later than two hours.
The Court has also asked the State Government to consider taking the services of final year students as well as PG courses students of MBBS/Post Graduation for the doctors and likewise for the nursing staff for their deployment on the emergent basis if they are suitable in all respects to serve the general public at large.
This will address the large gap in the patient-doctor ratio.
The Petition has been filed through Adv. Karmendra Singh
Case Title: Surendra Jain v. State of Rajasthan & Ors.