Order of the Chhattisgarh High Court regarding healthcare facilities available in Chhattisgarh to tackle COVID-19, 22/04/2021
Order of the Chhattisgarh High Court in the matter of Suo Moto WP (PIL) Vs State of Chhattisgarh & Others dated 22/04/2021.
The petitioner has requested that as there is paucity of beds in almost all the government and private hospitals, interference is necessary and direction must be given to the Railways to make available sufficient number of medical coaches for treating the patients. The court has been informed that even though the South East Central Railway, Bilaspur has arranged as many as 111 special medical coaches, but it is not being put to use and are lying stranded. It is pointed out that though no oxygen facilities are available, it could be facilitated and be put to use.
The High Court said that the need of the hour is to have concerted action by all the stakeholders, rising to the occasion and in extending hands to the public falling prey to the pandemic. The counsel for the Railways informed the court that all cooperation would be extended from the part of the Railways to make available the Special Medical Coaches, once a proper requisition is made by the nodal officer of the state to the nodal officer of the Railways. The state of Chhattisgarh has been directed to file a proper requisition through the nodal officer of the state to the nodal officer of the Railways for allotment of the special medical coaches.