The Madras High Court on Friday called for a report from the Puducherry government on its preparedness to tackle the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Secretary was asked to file a report on the following aspects, i.e.:
- The position relating to the number of vials of Remdesivir available at government hospitals and clinics;
- The number of oxygen cylinders available or quantum;
- The daily requirement of oxygen;
- The availability of doses of COVID-19 vaccine;
- The availability of ventilators;
- If there were any special notifications or advisories issued recently pertaining to the maintenance of COVID-19 protocol.
The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said that the report should include above details in relation to both government and private hospitals/ centres and nursing homes.
Further, the Court called on the Chief Secretary to ensure state of preparedness in view of the counting of election votes scheduled on May 2, 2021.
The order was passed in a pending Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed last year concerning the COVID-19 situation in Puducherry.
“Though the petition has been filed in 2020 and much before the present worsened situation as a result of the pandemic it is necessary to monitor the steps taken by the government in Puducherry to deal with the current crisis,” the Court observed on Friday.
Government Pleader N Mala appeared on behalf of the Puducherry Government. The matter is expected to be taken up on Monday, after the Court hears the suo motu case registered yesterday to monitor the COVID-19 situation on related aspects in Tamil Nadu.
“In that matter if we issue directions, this matter will be tagged along,” the Chief Justice orally observed.
Both matters will be heard next on Monday, April 26.