Prepare a plan of action, a vision statement to deal with the third wave, says HC to the State

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“Consider conducting an audit on the use of Remdesivir by hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19”

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to prepare an action plan and vision statement to deal with the possible third wave of COVID-19 and to consider conducting an audit on it. use of Remdesivir injection by hospitals to treat patients with COVID-19.

A special division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar issued the directions during the hearing of PIL petitions on issues related to COVID-19.

The bench issued the instructions after noting that there are only 45,754 oxygen beds, 5,305 intensive care beds and 4,109 ventilator intensive care beds across the state compared to the projected needs of 66,333 oxygen beds, 13,969 intensive care beds and intensive care with ventilator according to the prescribed formula. by the Union government based on the active number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

As it was alleged on behalf of some of the petitioners that hospitals were using the Remdesivir injection indiscriminately although many COVID-19 patients did not require the injection, the House asked the government to consider seriously to conduct an audit on the use of this injection by hospitals.

Previously, it had been reported to the court that the central government directive restricted the use of this injection and that the World Health Organization had also expressed its reservation on its use.

Meanwhile, the bench asked the state government to explain why the health facility established by the Indian Air Force in Bangalore and the railway cars prepared for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 have not been used by authorities.

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