CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana High Court have taken sou moto cognizance of the surge of Corona cases, shortage of beds in ICU, oxygen, and nonavailability of essential medicines in the hospitals of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh.
The Highcourt has given direction to the state governments and UT administration to make a mechanism to fight the present situation. The court said that administrations must come up with practical ways to ensure oxygen cylinders, beds, and medicines available at this time.
Whereas, The learned amicus curiae Rupinder Khosla pointed out before the court very serious situation has arisen as its quota of oxygen has been reduced to 20 MT from the Panipat plant. Besides, that plant has overheated and is not functioning at its 100 capacity. Whereas, the allocation of 70 MT made from the Rourkela plant for the procurement of oxygen whereas takes about 4 days. By the time, the dispatch reaches the state, many needy patients have lost their lives, said Khosla.
Vikas Mohan Gupta the Additional Advocate General of Punjab expressing the same difficulty as the neighboring state said that it’s difficult to transport oxygen dispatch by roads as it takes around four to five days. The council submitted to the court that the state is allocated from nearby situated plants.
The case has been heard through video conferencing on account of the Covid 19 pandemic