Guwahati: After Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia filed a PIL against hospitals for refusing to treat patients if they do not produce COVID-19 negative report, the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday asked the state’s Health & Family Welfare department to respond within three weeks.
Saikia in his petition said that many hospitals in Assam had been turning critically ill patients away due to non-production of COVID-19 certificate.
“Many road accident victims had dies along with heart attack and stroke victims in recent months due to the unfair policy adopted by various hospitals of the state,” the petition said.
The PIL further stated that many pregnant women have also suffered due to this insistence upon documentary proof of a patient being free of corona.
The opposition leader said that hospitals had been insisting on the certificate despite the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry’s office communication on April 28 to all States and Union Territories that anyone needing any essential critical services, including dialysis, blood transfusion, chemotherapy and institutional deliveries, should not be denied such services.
It is to be mentioned that, Saikia filed the public interest litigation petition at a time when the Assam government said the spike in COVID-19 cases has put pressure on the state’s healthcare facilities that were running out of beds while the gap between production and consumption of oxygen has been reducing fast.
With 75 new cases recorded on Tuesday, the tally for coronavirus cases in Assam reached 2,15,585 according to the state health department.
Currently, there are 3,483 COVID-19 active cases in the state. Gauhati High Court
While, 1,024 people have succumbed to the deadly virus in the state, 2,11,075 persons have recovered from the infection till December 22.