Nagpur: Upset over private hospitals’s failure to upload their data of Remdesivir’s utilization and consumption, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court warned them to update daily information on the district administration’s portal or get ready to face consequences.
A division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Avinash Gharote agreed with amicus curiae Shreerang Bhandarkar’s contention that if any information hasn’t updated regularly, it would be a reasonable indicator of the fact that the injections haven’t been administered and the hospital doesn’t require further allocation.
Government pleader Ketki Joshi then informed that the information relating to daily utilization of Remdesivir isn’t being updated by some of the hospitals and that led to the portal failing in updating the information regularly.
“All hospitals need to be made aware of the consequences that will follow on their failure to update the information on a daily basis, which shall be done by the authorities,” the HC warned.
While hearing a bunch of PILs, including a suo motu based on TOI report, the bench reminded respondents about a June 4 communication by the State Directorate of Health Services in Mumbai, directing all the hospitals in city, rural and slum areas to improve efforts for increasing the standards of hygiene and cleanliness on their premises.
While referring to ‘Kayakalp — Swach Rugnalaya’ scheme promulgated on May 15, the judges said some incentives have been provided encouraged hospitals to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.
“Certain rewards have been prescribed, but it’s not known how many hospitals received them till date and action taken against those lagging behind in these aspects. We direct the state to submit detailed information in this regard before the next hearing on June 30.”
Lauding collector Ravindra Thakare and other officials, the bench said their efforts to approach various companies for CSR funds have started showing fruits. “Of course, there is also a lot of cooperation from these companies. The collector’s affidavit shows that five of them have donated an amount of Rs82 lakh. Similarly, NTPC plant at Mouda, also deposited Rs3 crore for Covid-19 treatment and management with the collector. We appreciated their noble gesture.”
HC censures MSTCL for putting riders for CSR funds
The HC slammed Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) for putting riders while donating CSR funds. “If MSETCL wants to control the Covid-19 management in this fashion, it’s better to set up its own hospital. We direct it to reconsider this issue and accord proper sanction for donation CSR funds on the NTPC’s lines.”
The rebuke came after MSETCL counsel DM Kale informed that it had sanctioned Rs2 crore, but it’s to be spent only for the infrastructure related to Covid pandemic or Mucormycosis.
“We don’t think that this sanction is of any use. Granting it amounts to micromanaging the efforts taken by nodal authorities here for treating Covid-19, Mucormycosis and other notified diseases. In fact, most of the hospitals have already set up necessary infrastructure. What is now required is making the costlier drugs and treatments available to the patients,” the judges said.