Carry out fresh institution-wise vaccination drive: HC to Govt

Carry out fresh institution-wise vaccination drive: HC to Govt

Srinagar, June 10:The Jammu Kashmir High Court Thursday directed the government to prepare itself in advance to face the third wave, if any.The division bench of chief justice Pankaj Mithal and justice Vinod ChatterjiKoul directed the government to vaccinate each and every citizen at the earliest, by carrying out fresh drive, institution wise.The bench further directed that if anyone has remained unvaccinated, those persons be also covered.The court further directed the government to ensure establishment of oxygen generation plants, in every government and allied hospitals or at any other place deemed fit and proper. “At the same time temporary arrangements so far made may not be completely dismantled and may be kept in readiness for future,” the bench directed.While hearing an application on the Covid-19 management, the bench took several prayers for a direction upon the Government to convert Government stadiums into vaccination centres.On this, the court recorded that they do not think that such a prayer needs to be considered by it as it is for the administration to consider, if they are short of place for vaccination centres.The court further noted that for creation of large vaccination centres may not be ex facie feasible as it would result in concentration of large numbers of people at one place which would be very risky and may be a cause of spread of Covid-19.On the prayer to establish a liquid oxygen plant in the Government Medical College, Jammu, and allied hospitals, the court pointed out that there may not be any shortage of oxygen presently but for future to combat the anticipated third wave of Covid-19, ” it would be appropriate if the government consider establishing of oxygen generation plants in each of the Government Medical Colleges or the allied hospitals.”“This would be beneficial for the medical world for all times to come in extending medical treatment to all categories of patients,” it said.Meantime, the court did not consider the submission that private hospitals should also be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccine.Court said, “On this aspect of the matter, there is no response from the government and we are not aware if only Government hospitals or centres alone are administering vaccination and it is not in private hands rather the newspaper reports reveal that private hospitals are also engaged in vaccination programs.”Court asked Advocate General to apprise the court on this aspect of the matter on the next date or may file an appropriate affidavit in this regard.“We expect that all applications or grievances may first be considered at the level of the Advocate General to enable him to file proper response,” Court said.Court will again hear the matter on 6 July.

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