The Delhi High Court on Friday directed all hospitals/nursing homes in the city to first approach government-appointed nodal officer for their requirement of medical oxygen before approaching the court.
The Court was hearing petitions filed by two hospital seeking urgent supply of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients claiming they were left with only a few hours of supply.
A division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli said, ”we would expect all Hospitals and Nursing Homes in the NCT of Delhi to approach the Nodal Officer, Mr.Udit Prakash, and such other Officers whose names and numbers in the NCT of Delhi shall be circulated shortly, in the first instance, to meet their requirements of Medical Oxygen. For purposes of re-filing Oxygen cylinders, the Nodal Officers/ re-filling agencies in the above extracted order may be contacted. However, in case, the requirements are still outstanding and not met, before preferring a petition before this Court, Mr. Satyakam, ASC, GNCTD and/ or Mr. Rahul Mehra, learned Senior Advocate, who have generously offered to make their service available for the said purpose, shall be contacted.”
“We have put it to the learned Solicitor General that the Empowered Group, which has looked into the aspect of mapping the production and needs of every State and Union Territory, looks at the possibility of making re-allocation, so as to, reduce the distance between the point of production and point of supply. This would make the process of transportation to & fro more efficient, since shorter trips would mean that the same cryogenic tankers would be able to make move trips, if necessary, for making supply during the day.” the court said in order.
The matter is scheduled for next hearing on April, 26.