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Updated on: Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:30 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh: High court asks state government why 204 ventilators supplied under the PM Care fund not used?

The state government, in the action-taken report, informs HC that the ventilators were kept as back-up and, so, not used. Petitioners (amicus curiae) said, if these ventilators were used, many deaths would not have occurred in the state.
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BHOPAL: The high court has asked the state government why 204 ventilators supplied under the PM Care fund were not used during the second wave of corona in Madhya Pradesh. The state government, in its action-taken report, had informed the high court that 204 ventilators had been kept as back-up and, so, were not used in the second wave of corona.

The high court took up hearing of 14 petitions of amicus curiae on Thursday and the hearing was related to private hospitalsí billing, third wave preparations and how the government had tackled the second wave. The high court has asked the state government to clarify on the issue of ventilators dumped in storerooms.

Petitioners (amicus curiae) said that, if these ventilators were used, many deaths would not have occurred in the state. Amicus curiae also demanded an audit report of the medical bills of private hospitals during the hearing in the high court. They said that, if it was found that the private hospitals had over-charged during billing, the families should be returned the money.

The high court also observed that, in the name of third wave preparations, the government was rearranging things in the present structure. In fact, there was a need to appoint doctors on a large scale in the state, the HC maintained, asking the government to clarify within 10 days on the matter. In reference to preparations for the third wave, the high court has also asked the government to clarify why CT scan machines are not there in 48 districts out of 52. The next hearing will take place on June 21.

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Published on: Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:30 AM IST
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