So far, the Civil Hospital in Gujarat has seen 377 COVID-19 deaths, which accounted for 45% of the total deaths in the state.
New Delhi: The Vijay Rupani-led BJP state government was criticised severely by Gujarat high court for trying to “artificially control” the COVID-19 epidemic and termed the civil hospital in Ahmedabad as “good as a dungeon, maybe even worse.”
The Civil Hospital in Gujarat has so far recorded 377 COVID-19 deaths, which is 45% of the total deaths in the state.
A bench of Justices J B Pardiwala and Ilesh Vora gave several directions to the state government on improving treatment and facilities for COVID-19 patients while hearing several allegations raised as part of a Public Interest Litigation concerning COVID-19 issues.
The High court compared the situation to “sinking of the Titanic”.
The bench said, “It is very distressing and painful to note that the condition prevailing as on date in the Civil Hospital, is pathetic… We are very sorry to state that the Civil Hospital Ahmedabad… appears to be in extremely bad shape.”
High Court also said that although there were enough testing kits, they were not being put to effective use.
“Is the state government aware of the hard fact that the patients at the Civil Hospital are dying because of lack of adequate number of ventilators?”: the court said.
Presently, there are only 19 government laboratories conducting RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 patients, and only 1,78,068 samples have been tested.
Gujarat with 13,664 cases of highly infectious coronavirus is third highest in the country.
Across the country, at least 54,440 patients have cured so far the recovery rate stood at 41.28%.
Currently, there are 73,560 active COVID-19 patients in the country.
(With Inputs from The Indian Express)