In The Absence Of An Action Plan, The Healthcare System In Bihar Qua COVID Appears To Be Moving Aimlessly: Patna High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesIn The Absence Of An Action Plan, The Healthcare System In Bihar Qua COVID Appears To Be Moving Aimlessly: Patna High Court Sparsh Upadhyay4 May 2021 1:42 AMShare This – xThe Patna High Court on Monday (May 3) observed that in the absence of an action plan, the healthcare system in Bihar qua COVID-19 appeared to be moving aimlessly. The bench of Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh and Justice Mohit Kumar Shah was hearing the suo motu case concerning reported deficient healthcare facilities in the State to meet the challenges posed by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Shortage of Beds, Oxygen, and Manpower Interacting with Director, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, the Court came to know that there was serious manpower issue in the hospital and only 300 beds were available for COVID patients inclusive of 60 ICU beds. It was pointed out by the Director that the hospital has not been able to admit more patients because of irregular/ short supply of oxygen and unavailability of adequate manpower. The Situation in respect of ESIC, Hospital Bihta, in the Court’s opinion, was even worse. Squadron Leader (Dr.) Wansi informed the Court that the doctors and other staff deputed by the Armed Forces to treat COVID patients in the said hospital were facing lot of problems because of non-supply of medicines and absence of management and that they appeared to be virtually sitting idle in the said hospital. “No Action Plan” Further, the Court noted that when the matter was taken up on 15th April 2021, the Court had directed the State Government to prepare a comprehensive action plan to fight the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in its second wave. The Court had reiterated the said direction in its orders dated 17th April 2021 and 19th April 2021, and 23rd April 2021, however, the State of Bihar did not come up with a concrete action pla. Therefore, the Court noted, “In the absence of an action plan, the healthcare system qua COVID-19 appears to be moving aimlessly.” Further, the Court also took note of black-marketing of some essential drugs including oxygen in the State of Bihar in a situation where the State is facing an unprecedented challenge on account of the pandemic. Further, the Court perused a report filed by Mrigank Mauli, Amicus Curiae, the Court noted, “There is no gainsaying that the Health Department of the State is operating to meet the mammoth challenge without the aid of experts in the respective fields, having a better understanding of the crisis and management thereof.” The Court also expressed concerns about the slow pace of reporting of RT-PCR test and asked the State Government to inform it about the development in this regard. The Court was also informed that the COVID Hospitals are not admitting patients in the absence of RT-PCR test reports. To this, the Court said, “The Court is of the view that the department, with the help of the experts in this regard, should immediately take a decision as to whether HRCT Chest Scan report should also be a basis for considering a person suffering from COVID-19 to be admitted in a COVID hospital.” Case Title: Shivani Kaushik v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsPatna High Court Healthcare System healthcare COVID COVID -19 COVID Management Bihar Government RT-PCR COVID-19 test RTPCR Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh Justice Mohit Kumar Shah Next Storylast_img read more

Roger Furlow

first_imgRoger Furlow, age 74, of Osgood passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Decatur County Hospital surrounded by his family.  Roger was born in Greensburg on March 19, 1943 the son of the late Lester and Mable (Adams) Furlow.Roger grew up in the Holton Community and attended Holton and New Marion Schools.  He entered the work force at a young age and was a dedicated employee.  He spent 28 years working at the US Shoe Factory in Osgood.  In the later years of working at the Shoe Factory he began as a part time employee at Neal’s Funeral Home and became full time for nearly 25 years.  He had a personality that could easily make you smile, and a heart that was willing to help in any way he could.Roger enjoyed his family and teaching them to respect people, and be treat them fair and honest.  He greatest past time was to go fishing whenever time allowed, and just enjoy nature.Roger is survived by wife Linda of Osgood, son Sean (Stephanie) Furlow of Versailles, Step children Brian of Seymour, Scott and Amber both of Osgood, and grandchildren Charlie, Madeleine, Michael, Bridgett, and Zachary.  He was preceded in death by his parents and also son Keith.Visitation will be from 3-6 pm. on Wednesday May 24 at Neal’s Funeral Home, with funeral services beginning at 6:00 pm.  Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Napoleon.  Memorials may be made out to the American Heart Association on care of the funeral home.last_img read more