Orissa HC asks govt to ensure protective equipment for doctors


Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has directed the state government to provide doctors with personal protective equipment in view of Covid-19 vulnerability.

It has expressed concern that the vulnerability of doctors to the deadly coronavirus as they are on the frontlines in containing the deadly disease.

Taking suo moto cognizance of the emergency, the court also asked the government for an appointment of adequate number of doctors to tackle the crisis.

The 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 increase the number of doctors in government as well as private hospitals.

They have also asked the authorities to provide them with required personal protective equipment while treating the patients affected with the deadly disease.

The court said leaves are granted to doctors only in case of emergency. The Bench even directed the police not to harass the relatives of patients while they are commuting.

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