The Gujarat government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has come under the scanner as cases continue to rise in the state. There are 14,056 confirmed coronavirus cases in Gujarat, according to the health ministry’s update on Monday morning, the third highest in the country.
The Gujarat High Court had on Saturday come down heavily on the state government and the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, saying the conditions in the hospital were “pathetic”. 377 Covid-19 patients had died in the hospital till Friday, and the hospital is “as good as a dungeon, may be even worse”, the Gujarat High Court observed in its order, PTI reported.
The order was passed in a suo motu PIL on coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. An anonymous letter, whose content suggests that it was likely written by a medical professional in the hospital’s gynaecology department who tested positive while on non-Covid duty, was part of the Gujarat High Court’s order, The Indian Express said.
A division bench of Justices JB Pardiwala and IJ Vora said, “It is very distressing and painful to note that the condition prevailing, as on date, in the Civil Hospital, is pathetic... We are very sorry to state that the Civil Hospital Ahmedabad, as on date, appears to be in an extremely bad shape.”
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“As we said earlier that the Civil Hospital is meant to treat the patients. However, it appears that as on date, it is as good as a dungeon. May be even worse than a dungeon. Unfortunately, the poor and helpless patients have no option,” it said,...