MUMBAI: The our bodies of Covid-19 sufferers can’t be saved mendacity for hours ready to be cremated, the Bombay High Court stated on Tuesday, and requested the Maharashtra authorities and the BMC to tell it in regards to the situation of crematoriums throughout the state and in Mumbai.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni stated in a number of crematoriums there’s a ready interval earlier than our bodies are cremated and family of the victims are compelled to queue exterior the crematoriums.
“The Maharashtra government and all other civic authorities will have to come up with some mechanism to address this issue. Bodies cannot be left lying like that for hours together. They are corpses,” the court docket stated.
If there’s a ready interval at a crematorium, the physique shouldn’t be launched from the hospital, the HC stated.
Justice Kulkarni cited an incident in Maharashtra’s Beed district, the place 22 our bodies of COVID-19 victims had been stuffed in an ambulance whereas being transported to the crematorium.
The court docket was listening to a bunch of public curiosity litigations, searching for instructions pertaining to scarcity of Remdesivir injections, oxygen provide, availability of beds and different points.
Advocate Simil Purohit, showing for one of many petitioners, advised the court docket that tokens are being distributed at crematoriums.
“There has to be some dignity in death. Making bodies lie around like that would also increase the spread of the virus,” Purohit argued.
The court docket took notice of the arguments and stated media reviews additionally level out the bottom actuality at crematoriums.
“The condition of some crematoriums is such that furnaces are not working. The authorities should come up with some mechanism or set up alternate sites for cremating the bodies,” the court docket stated.
The HC directed the Maharashtra authorities and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file an affidavit on April 29, apprising the court docket in regards to the situation of crematoriums throughout the state and in Mumbai.
The court docket additionally directed the Union authorities to file an affidavit on the availability and allocation of Remdesivir injections to Maharashtra.
“The Union government shall inform how much quantity of Remdesivir is allocated. Maharashtra is still on top vis- -vis the number of COVID-19 cases,” the court docket stated.
The bench additionally sought the Union authorities’s response on a latest incident the place BJP MP Sujay Vikhe Patil reportedly procured Remdesivir vials from Delhi and distributed them in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
“This MP airlifted 10,000 vials of Remdesivir from Delhi and distributed it in Ahmednagar. Doesn’t this amount to private distribution? How is this possible? Delhi itself is in crisis and facing shortage of Remdesivir injections,” the court docket stated.
Chief Justice Datta stated if in future the court docket finds any such individual procuring Remdesivir injections from corporations and privately distributing them, then “we will take action”.
“There has to be equal distribution of the resources available. Everybody has to get it,” the court docket stated.
The bench additionally directed the BMC to file an affidavit explaining how its helpline quantity 1916 and different COVID-19 struggle room numbers operate.
Purohit additional knowledgeable the court docket in regards to the unavailability of ICU beds in Mumbai, to which the bench requested him to strive calling the 1916 helpline quantity.
When Purohit known as the quantity and sought an ICU mattress for a affected person, the operator gave him the struggle room quantity for the Worli division.
The struggle room quantity operator requested Purohit to ship the affected person’s COVID-19 report.
BMC counsel Anil Sakhare stated this was the method adopted and a affected person’s report is perused to determine if hospitalisation is required.
Sakhare advised the court docket that the BMC’s dashboard on availability of beds in hospitals is up to date each two hours.
The HC stated it was not blaming anybody at this stage, however authorities ought to make full utilisation of their assets.
“Let us think positively now and move ahead with a positive approach,” the court docket stated.
Sakhare advised the court docket that the scenario in Mumbai is enhancing with the variety of COVID-19 instances decreasing, and there’s provide of oxygen and Remdesivir.
“In BMC hospitals and COVID-19 care centres, we don’t ask sufferers or their family to acquire Remdesivir or any drugs from exterior. We present it ourselves, Sakhare stated.
The bench additionally permitted the Indian Medical Association (Pune division) to intervene within the matter and stated the affiliation may submit its ideas on April 29.