High court strict on deaths due to lack of oxygen, Lucknow-Meerut District Magistrate asks for investigation report
Prayagraj: Taking cognizance of the news related to the death of Kovid-19 patients due to lack of oxygen, the Allahabad High Court has directed the District Magistrates of Lucknow and Meerut to conduct a factual inquiry within 48 hours. The court has asked both the district magistrates to present their investigation report on the next hearing of the case and be present online in the court.
A bench of Justices Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar gave this direction while hearing a PIL on the spread of infection in the state and the status of a separate habitat center. The court said that we are sad to see that due to lack of oxygen supply to hospitals, Kovid patients are dying. It is a criminal act and is nothing short of a massacre by those who are tasked with ensuring the continuous purchase and supply of liquid medical oxygen.
The bench said that while science has advanced so much that these days heart transplantation and brain surgery are being done, how can we allow our people to die in this way. Usually, we do not ask the state and district administration to check such news which has gone viral on social media, but the lawyers presented in this PIL are supporting such news, so our government should immediately take steps in this regard It is necessary to say.
During the hearing, the court was told that last Sunday, news of the death of 5 patients due to lack of oxygen in the ICU of the new trauma center of Meerut Medical College went viral on social media. Similarly, the Sun Hospital and another private hospital in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, have been on social media with reports of doctors trying to get rid of Kovid patients due to lack of oxygen supply.
On the death of Allahabad High Court judge VK Srivastava from infection, the court said that it has been told that Justice Srivastava was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Lucknow on the morning of 23 April but was not taken care of till evening. As the condition worsened at 7:30 pm, he was put on ventilator and on the same night he was taken to SGPGI where he remained in ICU for 5 days and died prematurely due to corona infection.
The court has asked Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal to file an affidavit to explain how Justice Srivastava was treated at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and why he was not taken to SGPGI on 23 April itself. On illegally seized oxygen cylinders, Remedisvir injections / pills and oximeters kept in the consignment, the court said that keeping these items in the consignment is not in public interest in any way as they will all go bad. On this, Goyal said that he will take up this issue with the state government so that they can be properly utilized and they do not go waste.
During the hearing, the court was told that during the counting of gram panchayat elections in the state, there was a huge violation of the Kovid guidelines. People gathered in large numbers at the counting venues and election officials and police remained mute spectators. On this, the court directed the State Election Commission to present CCTV footage of counting centers in Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Agra on May 7, 2021, the next date of hearing. "We clarify here that at the same time, if the Commission finds from the CCTV footage that there has been a clear violation of the Kovid protocol, it will submit an action plan in this regard," the court said.