Courts Update Complaint about lack of COVID-19 protocols in Covid...

Complaint about lack of COVID-19 protocols in Covid treatment centre

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New Delhi, May 27 (ILNS) A plea before the Delhi High Court, complaining about lack of COVID-19 SOPs in the Sultanpuri Government Isolation Center in Delhi, when the applicant was a patient there, has been appreciated by the court, but the court asked the applicant to use the petition as a representation, to complain directly to the concerned authorities.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh observed that the petitioner has several grievances regarding the management of particular Isolation centre. As the petitioner has not made any representation regarding the same before the concerned authorities, the Court asked to treat this petition as representation made by the petitioner to the authorities.

The petitioner, a PhD student of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and resident of Chandrabhaga hostel in JNU, has filed this petition seeking direction to the respondents that they must have appoint any person or committee to check the present status of Isolation centre.

The petition was filed by the petitioner, when she was admitted there and it becomes important to know the current situation of the Isolation centre.

The petitioner explained her horrifying experience at the Sultanpuri Government Isolation Center before being transferred to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

The petitioner was staying on campus when she tested positive for COVID-19, after which she immediately informed the health center of her university. The petitioner was informed by the varsity that there are no quarantine facilities in the premises and was transferred by the university to Sultanpuri Isolation Center.

The petitioner had stated in her petition that the situation was gross at the centre, the toilets and washrooms were overflowing with urine and not cleaned. The bed sheets and blankets, which were used by the earlier patients, were distributed to them without first washing and sanitising them.

The rooms which were allotted to new patients, were not sanitised and cleaned after the previous patient had left. There was no light in the petitioner’s washroom. Only after repeated requests to the CMO, an electrician was sent in the morning to fix the light.

Not a single person visits these wards, be it a doctor, nurse or any ward officials. The patients manage everything on their own. No doctor or a nurse visits the patients to check their vitals, temperature and oxygen levels.

Even though it is a well-known fact that it is essential for COVID-19 patients to get nutritious food in order to increase their immunity and fight the disease, the food at the center doesn’t even include essential vegetables to start with. The patients are provided with poor quality of food.

Thus, having all aforementioned experiences, the petitioner has challenged the inaction of the respondent authorities in providing adequate and dignified quarantine facilities to the patients, who are presently kept in quarantine wards in Sultanpuri Government Isolation Center. ILNS/KR/RJ

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