Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gujarat HC forms committee to examine civic conditions at hospital premises

On a petition seeking details about the deaths caused by diseases like dengue and malaria, due to poor civic conditions in and around public and private hospitals in the city, Gujarat High Court on Wednesday formed a committee to examine the issue.
The three-member committee, headed by Advocate General Kamal Trivedi will assess the conditions around the hospital premises within the city and submit a detailed report by November 21. Besides Trivedi, AMC counsel Suresh Shelat and petitioner’s counsel Amee Yajnik would be part of the committee.
A Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala issued the directions after Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) submitted an affidavit giving details related to civic conditions in the city.


During the hearing, Justice Pardiwala expressed surprise that though there were 16,000 employees in corporation, the disposal of garbage was still a key problem in the city.
The Bench also inquired about the departmental proceedings against the officials involved in the matter.
Directing the committee to submit a detailed report, the bench also asked the state government and the AMC to provide assistance.
Earlier while drawing court’s attention towards poor conditions of hospital premises, petitioners Illaben Pathak and Prakash Shah had prayed that authorities should be made to give details about the deaths of student doctors, nurses, nursing staff and patients who had died due to dengue in the past few months.
While attaching several photographs of hospital premises and various roads across the city, which showed heaps of garbage littered around, the petition mentioned that there were no signs of amenities like drinking water and washroom facilities for patients who came from far flung places for their treatment.

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