“State Inaction In Providing Healthcare To Citizens Violates Article 21”: Patna High Court Directs State Human Rights Commission To Conduct Surprise Inspections At Covid Hospitals

first_imgNews Updates”State Inaction In Providing Healthcare To Citizens Violates Article 21″: Patna High Court Directs State Human Rights Commission To Conduct Surprise Inspections At Covid Hospitals Akshita Saxena21 April 2021 12:06 AMShare This – x”If Court reaches a conclusion that COVID patients are being allowed to die because of lack of oxygen supply, the Court will surely intervene “Expressing strong displeasure over absence of any comprehensive action plan of the State Government for meeting the present surge of COVID cases in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Monday sought intervention of the Bihar Human Rights Commission. A Division Bench comprising of Justices CS Singh and Mohit Kumar Shah stated that lack of adequate healthcare, especially in the middle of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginExpressing strong displeasure over absence of any comprehensive action plan of the State Government for meeting the present surge of COVID cases in Bihar, the Patna High Court on Monday sought intervention of the Bihar Human Rights Commission. A Division Bench comprising of Justices CS Singh and Mohit Kumar Shah stated that lack of adequate healthcare, especially in the middle of a pandemic, is violative of citizens’ right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. “Any inaction on the part of the State, within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution of India, in providing adequate health care to its citizen, particularly during the prevailing COVID-19 situation, would be violative of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” the Bench said. The Bench has also taken a stern view against acute shortage of oxygen supply for medical use. “Serious issues have been raised about deaths taking place in various government and private hospitals because of lack of supply of oxygen. This Court cannot overlook such aspects if such allegations are true as it directly relates to a citizen’s fundamental right. If the Court reaches a conclusion that COVID patients have been or are being allowed to die because of lack of oxygen supply, the Court exercising its power of judicial review will surely intervene and pass appropriate orders in this regard,” the Bench cautioned. It has therefore directed the State Human Rights Commission to conduct surprise inspections of Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) and Dedicated COVID Health Centers (DCHCs) as well as COVID Care Centers (CCCs) to find out as to whether adequate facilities are available there or not with the desired standard of sanitization and cleanliness. The development comes days after the Bench noted discrepancy in the data shown by the State regarding availability of health infrastructure, and the reported ground realities. “If the said data and statistics, as presented, are taken to be correct, the number of beds available in the State of Bihar is much more than the number of patients who require admission in COVID Care Centres (CCC), Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHS) and Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH), except for Patna. Prima facie we are not satisfied with the said depiction,” the High Court had observed in an earlier order. Other developments During the hearing, the Bench addressed various issues surrounding the issues at hand: Shortage of Oxygen During the hearing, the Bench noted that an officer of the Patna High Court succumbed to COVID disease because oxygen was not available in the hospitals. Intending to take up this matter as an example to examine whether Court’s intervention’s is needed or not, the Bench has directed the Registrar General, Patna High Court to submit an exhaustive report to this Court explaining in detail the circumstances in which the said officer of the High Court died. Appointment of Controller of Drugs in the State The Bench was informed that the post of Controller of Drugs in the State has not been filled up on a regular basis and a person is holding the said post on ad hoc basis since years together. In this backdrop, the State Government has been directed to inform the Court as to whether it has a regular Controller of Drugs or not. Remdesvir has no proven effectiveness in treating Covid-19 AIIMS Patna Head has informed the Bench that a wrong perception is prevailing in the minds of general public regarding effectiveness of Remdesvir injection for treatment of COVID patients “There is no scientific proof or suggestion/indication to the effect that the said Remdesivir injection is of any help for treating COVID infected patients,” AIIMS Director Dr. PK Singh informed the Court. He stated that it was because of a misconception or wrong perception prevailing in the minds of the general public that suddenly the said Remdesivir injections have gone out of the market possibly because of creation of unnecessary artificial requirement and consequent shortage on account of hoarding and panic purchases.Also Read: RT-PCR Tests Not Being Done At Desired Rate; Illicit Trade Of Remdesivir Injection: Patna High Court Expresses Serious Concern Over Covid Management In Bihar However, the Bench has refrained from making any comments on the matter and has asked the State to take necessary action. It said, “We, at this stage restrain ourselves from making any comment in this regard. We, however do observe that State, in consultation with the experts must take all possible measures to address this aspect and do the needful.” Medical Waste Disposal Inter alia, the Bench has asked the Executive Director, State Health Society to inform the Court regarding the process of disposal of ‘COVID testing kits in private laboratories’, ‘syringes used for vaccination’, ‘PPE kits’, and masks. Case Title: Shivani Kaushik v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Cocaine charges dropped against Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts

first_imgOnce police pulled Werts over, police arrested him for the speeding violation before asking him “about the white powder on the hood of his vehicle.” Werts claimed the substance was “bird poop,” which he had tried to clean earlier that week. One of the officers then tested the substance for cocaine, allegedly yielding a positive result from two different kits on two different parts of the hood.According to the police report, “everything about (Werts) and inside his vehicle made him appear as a clean person but the hood of his car was out of place.” The report also noted that the substance appeared as if it was thrown on the vehicle and “attempted to be washed off by the winsdhield wipers and, and wiper fluid.” Police collected the substance at the scene, though further testing confirmed no controlled substance present.Werts started 10 games for the Eagles in 2018, completing 69 of 116 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns to no interceptions. He also rushed for 908 yards and 15 touchdowns.(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from a previous version). The possession of cocaine charge against Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts has been dropped, according to the Savannah Morning News. Werts had been suspended from the team on Aug. 2, stemming from an arrest during a traffic stop. According to an arrest report from the Saluda (S.C.) Police Department, two officers initially attempted to pull Werts over for an alleged speeding violation on July 31. Werts allegedly called 911 to inform them he would not stop until he was further into town, where it was better lit.last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: The Price is right for England’s Emily

first_img15 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: The Price is right for England’s Emily Tags: Emily Price, Rose Ladies Series Emily Price will fly the flag for the amateur game tomorrow in the fifth event of the Rose Ladies Series.The former England girls’ international is the only non-professional in the field for the event staged at the JCB Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire.The Kent State University student will line up alongside stars of the women’s game including Charley Hull, Meghan MacLaren and back-to-back series winner Gemma Dryburgh.Price goes into the event in a rich vein of form.Earlier this month, the 20-year-old broke the course record at Ludlow Golf Club with a five under par round of 66.Price has progressed quickly up the amateur rankings and currently stands at 105 in the world.On completing her studies in 2022, Price has targeted a move into professional golf with Q School followed by life on tour her ultimate aim.The Worcestershire golfer became the second youngest winner of the English Women’s Stroke Play title in 2016 when – at the age of 16 – she won the title at Bristol and Clifton Golf Club.Price will be hoping to keep up the fine record of amateurs competing at Rose Ladies Series events.In the four previous tournaments, at least one amateur has claimed a top-ten finish.The Rose Ladies Series is the brainchild of England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate who were keen to support the restart of golf after the disruption to play caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.The former US Open winner and current Olympic champion has sponsored a series of seven events leading up to a grand final played in three stages between August 5-7.For scoring updates, follow the England Golf Twitter feed and look out for reports and highlights on Sky Sports Golf.last_img read more

Injury bug catching up on Leafs as Buds drop weekend set

first_imgFor the second straight game the Nelson Leafs witnessed a case of hockey robbery first hand.Kristian Stead stopped 26 shots in the final 28 minutes, including 10 in extra time, to power the 100 Mile House Wranglers to a 4-3 overtime victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Jayden Syrota notched the winner past Leaf goalie Joey Karrer on a slick move to the net with 1:49 remaining in the second overtime period to lift the Wranglers to the road victory.The loss was the second in as many days for the Green and White.Saturday, it was the Michael Lenko as the Revelstoke goalie stopped 43 of 45 shots to backstop the Grizzlies to a 3-2 win. “I’m really proud of my guys,” said Wrangler coach and GM Dale Hladun.“We’re pretty banged up so this was a huge win of us.”Fighting the injury bug just like the Leafs, 100 Mile House took a 3-1 five minutes into the third period on Brady Ward’s second goal of the game.However, the Leafs, playing with basically two lines and four defencemen, kept pecking away at the Wranglers and were rewarded when Darnel St. Pierre scored an unassisted marker.Nelson, out shooting 100 Mile House 18-8 in the period, kept up the pressure and got a lucky break to tie up the contest with 85 seconds remaining.A point shot directed at the 100 Mile House net by Austin Seaman deflected off the skate of Wrangler Stephan Egan past Stead into the net.Nelson had chances win the game when the home side was handed a pair of power play chances. The first came when Syrota was penalized for delay of the game for shooting the puck over the glass.The second chance arrived compliments of the Ward boarding penalty.But both times the Wranglers packed the box allowing Stead clear access to the shooters.“You’ve got to give their goalie credit, he made some big saves when he needed to,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan.“We missed a couple of great chances to put it away.”“But we did the right thing,” McLellan added. “I’m happy with that but our power play has got to click a little better than that.”Brett Harris scored a first period goal on the power play to give the Wranglers a 1-0 lead.Robson Cramer, also on the power play, tied the game in the second before the visitors took the lead.“We’re happy with getting the point considering the lineup we have,” McLellan explained.“We’re telling the guys we’re preparing for the playoffs and resiliency is a huge thing for a team and we showed that today and even last night where we were able to battle back.”Nelson played the game with only 14 skaters after another roster player —Nolan Percival — went down Saturday with an upper body injury.“We are very worried about the team, especially our defence where we’re playing really only three or four guys for the past two months,” McLellan admitted. “It’s tough and it’s starting to ruin the continuity within our group. And it’s tough playing back to back, where we just didn’t have the legs we normally have in overtime,” he added.Nelson has a few days off before playing a home-and-home series against Spokane Braves beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.BLUELINES: Saturday Michael Lenko faced 45 shots as the Grizzlies edged Nelson. The Leafs, trailing 3-0 with eight minutes remaining in the game, struck for two quick goals 30 seconds apart by Michael Rand and Austin Lindsay. Jeff Bochon and Tyler Chavez Leech, with a pair, scored for Revelstoke. . . . Leaf netminder Adam Maida was in goal for the loss against Revelstoke. . . . Nelson hopes to have forward Dylan Williamson and defenceman Patrick Croome back in the lineup soon as well as forward Blair Andrews. . . . The weekend losses drops Nelson five points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley. Nelson is 3-4-0-2 since the beginning of December. . . . Wranglers Dale Hladun said the franchise in 100 Mile House has been one of the best kept secrets in the KIJHL. The club had a crowd of more than 1,000 for a game during the Christmas break and averages more than 350 per game. With the win, 100 Mile House went from fourth to second in the tight Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.last_img read more