The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday has asked the State Government to formulate a coverage policy for the distribution of Remdesivir injections to hospitals in view of the high demand of anti-COVID-19 drug.
The Court was hearing on a PIL taken up suo motu (on its own) on the COVID-19 situation was conducted by the HC via video conference on April 20 and a detailed order used to be made to be had on Thursday.
The bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia asked the government to come up with uniform coverage policy applicable across the state.
The bench said, “There has to be a reasonable policy of the State taking into consideration the overall factors and to ensure that all patients falling in the same category should be first administered or provided with Remdesivir injection i.e. the patients on ventilators whether they are in private or Government set up / facility, then it should be provided to patients on ICUs in private or Government set up / facility and thereafter to patients on oxygen depending upon the period they have been on oxygen and thereafter other patients who are advised Remdesivir. The condition of the patient should be the criteria for providing Remdesivir injection and not whether he/she is admitted in private or Government facility.”
The bench further stated that the distribution may be at the level of the Commissioner or Collector, but the policy to be followed must be framed by the State.
The Court also asked the Government to educate and sensitise the public at large which may break the chain and ultimately result in stabilizing the increase in numbers, flattening the curve and thereafter move towards decline.