Overstaying Of Covid-19 Patients In Delhi Hospitals: Delhi High Court Seeks Data From All Hospitals By May 4

first_imgNews UpdatesOverstaying Of Covid-19 Patients In Delhi Hospitals: Delhi High Court Seeks Data From All Hospitals By May 4 Shreya Agarwal1 May 2021 9:18 AMShare This – xNoting that adherence to the Delhi Government’s discharge policy for Covid-19 patients is crucial with the capital reeling under lack of hospital beds, the Delhi High Court today directed all hospitals in the city to submit data from Apr 1 onwards, of all beds that have been occupied for more than 10 days, to the appointed Amicus Curiae in the case, Sr. Adv. Rajshekhar Rao.The court has also directed the government to update daily on its portal, information about the daily discharges and admissions from every hospital in the city.Advertisement The bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said that it wanted information on “who all have occupied oxygenated beds, for how long, and when they have been discharged,” to get to the bottom of why there has been “choking” of hospital beds.The court reasoned, “It is well known that one who contracts Covid-19 takes about 14 days to recover. For most people, medication is needed at home quarantine itself. About 10% need hospitalization for oxygen support. About 1% are likely to require greater medical intervention in the ICU.”Advertisement “The disease itself, in most cases, unless it requires ICU attention, resolves within 10-14 days with prescribed medication. Yet, it seems there is choking of beds,” the bench noted.The bench was informed by Additional Standing Counsel, Adv. Satyakam that as on date there are 20,938 Covid beds in Delhi – including ICU, ICU with ventilator, non-ICU, oxygenated.It then said that if this were true, “everyday a substantial number of beds should become available.”Advertisement Advertisement Responding to the issue, Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra appearing for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) referred to an office order issued by the Director General of Health Services, GNCTD, and said that, “(The) discharge policy mentioned in the said order, we’re told, is being violated. If My Lords call for records, we would have numbers.”Mehra added, “I fear that what’s happening is that a patient goes in and is being kept in – though we know that after 10 days, the fear of spreading the infection is not so high. Therefore, one need not wait till Covid-19 negative report for discharge.”Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Mehra expressed concern that numbers would probably reveal that the turnaround time is almost 25 days for most patients. He further stated that sometimes even a patient who is better “is not ready to leave for fear that he may not get a bed again.” In this backdrop, the court directed “all hospitals of GNCTD and the Central government, and private hospitals and nursing homes, to place before the court by email, the complete particulars of admissions of Covid-19 patients made from Apr 1, 2021 onwards.” The court further directed the amicus to prepare a format in which the said information can be called for. The information is to be supplied by Tuesday, May 4, to the amicus, who shall analyze the same and prepare a report.While the court wanted the information to also reflect the kind of bed occupied and the date of discharge of the patient, the amicus, Sr. Adv. Rao, said, “Let them only disclose details of patients who have spent more than 10 days. This would reduce the administrative burden, further, it shouldn’t be seen as a directive to release patients who need 1-2 days of extra care.” He explained that there may be some cases where over staying is necessary, and they shouldn’t be adversely affected by such data-seeking.TagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Delhi Government Justices Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Duterte warns of martial law if NPA attacks continue

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wouldbe “obligated” to declare martial law if declaremartial law should communist rebels will continue their deadly attacks on statetroops with the country still in the middle of the battle against coronavirusdisease 2019.Duterte’s threat came following several clashes between government forces andthe New People’s Army the past few days following the end of the unilateralceasefire last week.“‘Pag nagpatuloy kayo (New People’sArmy) ng lawlessness ninyo, patay dito, patay doon, and it’shappening all over the Philippines, maybe I will declare martial law,” Dutertesaid in his recorded public address on Friday.“Kayong mga NPA (New People’s Army) ang numero uno. Hinaharang ninyo iyong mga tulong parasa mga tao, pati iyong supply ngpagkain nila,” an incensed Duterte said. He promised to ‘finish’ the communist group members before his terms ends intwo years as he tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be ready.“I am warning everybody and putting notice saarmed forces and the police, I might declare martial law,” Duterte said. “Ang utos ko sa kanila, patayin kayo… Lahat na. Tapusin na natin ito sa panahon ko.”“Pinagpapapatay niyo ang sundalo at pulisna walang ginawa kundisamahan ang nagdedeliver ng pera. Pagka inutos ko sa kanila, lahatna, tapusin na natin ito sa panahon ko. Two more years. Magtago na kayo, putanginang legal front,” he added. “‘Pag nagpatuloy kayo (New People’s Army) ng lawlessness ninyo – patay dito, patay doon – maybe I will declare martial law,” warns President Rodrigo Duterte. Interior secretary Eduardo Año,meanwhile, said the Task Force to End Armed Conflict is ready tofollow Duterte’s order to finish off the communist group.“Nagbigay na ng utos ang Pangulo na kailangang bantayan ang seguridad attuloy-tuloy ang trabaho ng Task Force to End Armed Conflict,” said Año during avirtual press conference in Malacañang./PNlast_img read more