The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday observed that the death of COVID-19 patients due to non-supply of oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act and not less than genocide. The Court asked the district administration in two districts in Uttar Pradesh to verify reports of shortage of oxygen in hospitals.
The Court was hearing a suo moto case on handling of the pandemic in Uttar Pradesh and providing better treatment to corona positive. The court took cognizance of an incident where five patients had died in the Intensive Care Unit of a trauma centre of Medical College in Meerut due to lack of oxygen supply.
The bench of Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar observed, “We are at pain in observing that death of Covid patients just for non supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen. How can we let our people die in this way when science is so advanced that even heart transplantation and brain surgery are taking place these days.”
Further the bench said that, “we would have not directed the State and district administration to enquire into such news that have been viralled on social media but since the Advocates who were appearing in this PIL supported such news and even submitted that more or less situations in other districts of State are the same, we find it necessary to direct for immediate remedial measures to be taken by the Government. The District Magistrate, Lucknow and District Magistrate, Meerut are directed to enquire into the matter of such news items within 48 hours and submit their reports on the next date fixed respectively.”
The court directed the DMs of Lucknow and Meerut to enquire about the viral news items within 48 hours and submit their reports on the next date.