A PIL was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a direction to the Centre and states to ensure adequate medical treatment and facilities to non-Covid-19 Patients.
The PIL urged that the court ensure that even the non-Covid patients’ fundamental rights to life, health and equality are enforced and protected effectively by the respective governments, the petitioner-advocate, GS Mani, has sought a direction that the union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare may decide his representation of May 15 seeking adequate medical facilities to all non-COVID patients also.
However, after the second wave, most of the states put restrictions and protocols resulting into denial of regular treatment and check-up of patients with heart, kidney, liver and lung ailments, pregnant women and those required to undergo major and minor medical operations and surgery.
“Many hospitals have stopped their Emergency Ward treatment and postponed major surgeries. Non Covid patients also need regular treatment,” read the PIL.
Maintaining that right to life and public health is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the plea claimed. Moreover, there was no pre planned mechanism in the states with regard to the public health and medical treatment.