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SC Orders on Covid-19

  • 09 Apr 2020
  • 4 min read

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Recently, the Supreme Court of India has passed an order asking people to behave responsibly with the medical teams fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The order has also made the testing for Coronavirus free in all hospitals.

Key Highlights of Order

Responsible Behaviour Towards Medical Teams

  • The order comes in the backdrop of several petitions highlighting the need to provide sufficient protective gear to the medical professionals. A few of them also highlighted the violence against the doctors.
  • The SC has called Covid-19 a ‘National Calamity’ and termed doctors and health workers as ‘Corona Warriors’.
  • All citizens of the country have been urged to act in a responsible manner and be helpful to the government and medical staff who are trying to contain and combat the pandemic.
  • Medical teams will be provided protection while visiting the screening sites or places where new positive people are found or quarantined.
  • The police have been ordered to take action against people who obstruct and commit any offence against doctors, medical staff and other medical officials performing their duty.
  • The government has been directed to explore alternatives, including enabling and augmenting domestic production of protective clothing and gear for medical professionals.
    • This includes alternative modes of production of such clothing (masks, suits, caps, gloves, etc.) and permitting movement of raw material.
    • The government may also restrict export of such materials to augment inventory and domestic stock.
  • It is the responsibility of the Centre and the States to ensure availability of appropriate Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to doctors, nurses, ward boys and other medical and paramedical professionals.

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