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ICMR’s altering testing coverage proved disastrous: Gujarat HC – Home Health Choices

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat excessive court docket on Friday was important of the altering stance of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) on Covid-19 testing and termed it “disastrous”.

When the bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala was listening to the suo motu PIL on Covid-19 and the lockdown, the advocate common was making submissions about strengthening of well being infrastructure and ramping up Covid-19 testing, which the federal government had earlier resisted strongly, citing the ICMR’s restrictive coverage.

While the advocate common was making these submissions, Justice J B Pardiwala commented, “The ICMR policy has proved to be a big disappointment. It did not respond when we questioned the rationale of its policy.” The advocate common, who was defending state authorities’s restrictive Covid testing coverage tooth and nail citing ICMR pointers, instantly advised the excessive court docket that the physique had equally modified its stance on whether or not or to not put on masks.

When Justice Pardiwala reiterated that he was inquiring about ICMR’s coverage on testing, the federal government legislation officer mentioned ICMR’s coverage on masks was one other instance of its shifting stance and supported the choose’s remark by saying that ICMR’s coverage stored altering. The choose lastly mentioned, “The ICMR policy on testing proved to be disastrous.”

Earlier, irked by the restrictive testing coverage, the HC questioned whether or not analysis is a basic proper of a citizen.

Meanwhile, on HC’s inquiry in regards to the Covid state of affairs in several cities, the state authorities asserted, “Situation in Gujarat is now under control and sufficient infrastructure has been developed to deal with the pandemic.”

As quickly as the federal government claimed that the state of affairs is underneath management and well being infrastructure has been strengthened, the judges learn out a TOI report revealed on Thursday about depleted human sources within the well being division. The excessive court docket requested the advocate common to take up the difficulty of vacancies for medical doctors at authorities hospitals, significantly in rural areas. The court docket ordered that a detailed report be positioned by November 27 on availability of human sources at authorities hospitals within the state.

Meanwhile, the HC additionally requested the federal government to position a report on the functioning of V S Hospital and about fireplace security preparedness at Sola Civil Hospital.

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