Tripura HC seek report from govt over poor treatment facility for Covid-19 patients
The Tripura high court has asked the state government to file an affidavit answering certain queries related to Covid-19 cases in the state by September 18.
“Recent newspaper reports, particularly, those published in vernacular language have reported the plight of the patients and relatives of those who have tested positive for the virus. Certain shortcomings in the public health care system are projected. …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 have tested positive,” the court order reads.
The high court’s division bench led by chief justice Akil Kureshi and justice Subhasish Talapatra took up the matter after a series of allegations of poor health services for Covid patients at Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital surfaced in local media. The GBP is also a dedicated Covid care centre in Agartala.
The government report stated that a total 2,865 beds are available for Covid-19 patients throughout the state, of which, the GBP has 240 beds. There are a total of 19 ventilators available only at GBP hospital, it adds.