KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to notify it of the availability of ventilators, intensive care units and oxygen beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Tirurangadi in the district of Malappuram.
A division bench comprising Judge A Muhamed Mustaque and Judge Kauser Edappagath issued the directive on a petition filed by KPA Majeed, leader of the Muslim League of the Indian Union and Member of Parliament for Thirurangadi, requesting a directive from the government of India. State and Malappuram District Collector to immediately establish ventilators, intensive care units and oxygen beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at Taluk Government Headquarters Hospital in Tirurangadi.
The MP alleged that the availability of ventilators and oxygen beds was insufficient in the district of Malappuram.
Jacob Sebastian, the petitioner’s lawyer, argued that there has been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the district. The ventilators and oxygen beds available could not cope with the growing number of cases in the district. In fact, many patients have lost their lives due to the unavailability of treatment facilities in the district. In some public hospitals, life-saving facilities have not been used due to a lack of sufficient numbers of doctors and other paramedics.
Additionally, the Covid Control Room and District Covid War Rooms were not functioning properly and providing correct and useful information to the general public and COVID-19 patients regarding the availability of ventilators, oxygen beds and intensive care units. The information provided in the eJagratha COVID portal was factually incorrect and no updates were made.
The petition also requested a directive from the Malappuram District Collector and District Medical Officer to effectively oversee the Malappuram District Covid-19 control center and to provide the public with real and truthful information regarding the availability of COVID treatment facilities. -19.