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SC: Affordable treatment part of right to health

Affordable treatment part of right to health, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday termed the worldwide fight against Covid-19 as “world war” and asked states to act vigilantly and harmoniously with the Centre while directing them to increase policing of crowded places to strictly enforce the ‘mask must’ rule and other preventive norms. It noted that right to health is a fundamental right and it included affordable treatment, reports Dhananjay Mahapatra.

It also directed setting up of district-level committees for carrying out fire audits of each Covid hospital at least once a month.

Devise plan for intermittent rest to doctors, SC tells Centre

Every state must act vigilantly. Safety and health of citizens must be the first priority, rather than any other considerations,” a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah said.

It said treatment of Covid patients had become very costly and was going beyond the reach of the common man. “Even if one survives from Covid-19, many times financially and economically he is finished. Therefore, either more and more provisions are to be made by the state government and the local administration or there shall be a cap on the fees charged by private hospitals,” it said. Expressing dismay over the attitude of people towards Covid-19, the bench said police should be deployed in more numbers in crowded places to monitor and enforce ‘mask must’ rule.

“In a micro containment zone or in an area where the number of cases are on the higher side, to cut the chain, they should be sealed and there should be complete lockdown so far as such areas are concerned. Such containment areas need to be sealed for a few days except essential services,” it said. The bench also factored in the fatigue of doctors and health workers who have been working continuously for the last eight months and asked the Centre to devise a mechanism to give them intermittent rest.