Cuttack: Keeping in view the vulnerability of doctors to the deadly coronavirus as they are on the frontlines in containing the disease, the Orissa High Court today directed the state Government to provide them with personal protective equipment.
The court also asked for appointment of adequate number of doctors to tackle the crisis.
Taking suo moto cognizance of the situation, acting Chief Justice of the High Court Justice Sanju Panda and Justice Biswanath Rath ordered the state Health Secretary and Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) to appoint adequate number of doctors in both Government and private hospitals and provide them with required personal protective equipment while treating COVID-19 affected patients.
The court further instructed the Government to ensure that leaves are granted to doctors only in case of emergency. Further, the Bench directed the police department to not intercept COVID-19 patients and their relatives while they are commuting.
Earlier yesterday, the Orissa High Court had instructed the state administration to make arrangements for providing food and shelter to migrants and ensure their medical screening.