The Indian Government has filed an affidavit before the supreme court, Counter to a writ petition filed for separate residential facilities for doctors treating COVID 19 patients.
In the reply of Central Government, it was mentioned that a large number of make-shift hospitals will have to be set up in an unexpected patient surge in near future.
It was submitted by the Government of India before the apex court that the number of the cases are constantly surging and in near future, at some point, apart from existing hospitals, there will be a requirement of huge amount of temporary make-shift hospitals, which will have to be created in order to accommodate COVID 19 patients requiring admissions, medical care and treatment. To fulfil the emerging infrastructural needs and provide best medical facility to COVID-19 patients, centre will adequately address the man power required and availability of human resource for this surge capacity scenario. Hence conserving the health care work resources is the primary need of the nation in order to cater the anticipated patient load in hour of the distress and to fight with the ongoing pandemic.
A three Judges Bench of Supreme Court, consisting of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice Sanjay Kaul and Justice M.R. Shah has given time to the petitioner to answer the questions of the Government by the next date which is scheduled on 12th June.
The Public Interest Litigation was filed by Dr Arushi Jain, through Advocates Mithu Jain and Arjun Syal, seeking response from the Centre for, separate residential facilities, closer to the hospitals, for doctors treating patients affected from the novel COVID pandemic, on the previous hearing the Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta was sough to submit his response on the instructions laid by the Court whether accommodations can be made near the hospitals for the doctors handling the COVID-19 patients.