Supreme Court : Resolve Delhi's oxygen crisis in 2 day's
The Supreme Court of India has asked the Centre to rectify the oxygen issue of Delhi hospitals on or before the midnight of May 3. The apex court ordered the Centre, in collaboration with other states, prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency purposes and decentralise the location of emergency stocks. “Emergency stocks shall be created within next four days and is to be replenished on a day to day basis, in addition to existing allocation of oxygen supply to States,” the SC said in its order passed on suo motu case initiated by it on issues related to oxygen supply etc in relation to Covid 19 pandemic.
The apex court also ordered that the Centre shall, within two weeks, formulate a national policy on admissions to hospitals which shall be followed by all state governments. It also directed the Centre shall revisit its initiatives and protocols, including on availability of oxygen, availability and pricing of vaccines, availability of essential drugs at affordable prices and respond on all other issues highlighted in this order before the next date of hearing.
“We would seriously urge the central and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super spreader events. They may also consider imposing a lockdown to curb the virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare,” the apex court said. “Having said that, we are cognisant of socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities. Thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities,” said the court in its order.