Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has filed its reply before the Chhattisgarh High Court in response to a suo moto PIL regarding Covid-19 pandemic, stating that there is absolutely no lapse or dereliction on the part of the authorities of the State in providing necessary infrastructure and treating Covid-19 patients.
According to the state government, the state has 7500 oxygen beds, of which more than 2,000 are empty. Similarly beds in ICU, HDI are also available. Besides, 242 ventilators are available in the state.
The division bench comprising of chief justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has questioned the state government has questioned the state that why situation in Durg, Bilaspur and Raipur is worsened as per the statistics.
Advocate appearing on behalf of state government Satish Chandra Verma submitted that 18 out of 366 oxygen beds in Bilaspur are empty, 24 out of 116 beds are vacant in HDV and ICU. 45 out of 1329 beds of oxygen bed are empty in Durg, while no empty beds in ICU and others. The situation is better in Raipur.
The high court has urged the state to make a system to make these empty beds available for the needy of other districts. Insisting on building the system, the advocates requested to provide information on the web portal, so that people can know about bed availability, and insisted on transferring patients from ambulance having oxygen facility.
In an earlier hearing, the High Court had directed to consider possibility of converting empty rail coaches to Covid treatment coaches. Advocate General Satish Chandra Verma told the High Court that yesterday a meeting of state government officials was held with the railway authorities in Raipur, in which the Railways have expressed inability to provide staff, oxygen and other facilities in the coaches.
Advocate, Sudeep Srivastava and Sandeep Dubey appearing on behalf of the petitioner, told that in the SECR zone, there are 23 small big hospitals in the railway, of which 15 are in Chhattisgarh, so they have arrangements for doctors, staff, nurses, oxygen cylinders. Even if they cannot convert their coaches into Covid Center, they can make all their hospitals for Covid patients. We have also filed a list of hospitals in this regard, according to which there are a total of 15 hospitals in Bilaspur, Raipur, Bhilai, Raigad, Champa, Korba, Mahasamund, Kirandul, Jagdalpur, Manendragarh, Dongargarh. However, the Railway Advocate denied this stating that there are only 3 hospitals in Chhattisgarh, which are in Bilaspur, Raipur and Bhilai and all three hospitals are functioning as Covid hospitals and treating more Covid patients than their capacity.