Petition to increase hospital beds for Covid patients: HC refuses to pass order
The High Court refused to deliver an order on a writ petition today that sought its directive on the government to immediately increase the number of beds or seats for Covid-19 patients at every hospital for their proper treatment.
The court said the government has reportedly taken different measures, including setting up new hospitals, appointing doctors, and ensuring the supply of medical oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients.
The HC should not pass an order which is not possible for the government to execute, the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim said.
The bench said this while hearing the writ petition filed by Ain O Salish Kendra, a leading rights organisation, seeking its directive on the government to immediately increase the number of beds or seats at every hospital.
Lawyers ZI Khan Panna and Syeda Nasrin appeared for the ASK while Deputy Attorney Generals Samarendranath Biswas and Bipul Bagmar represented the state.
The ASK submitted the writ petition as public interest litigation to the HC on August 1, urging the court to order the authorities concerned within the government to take steps and provide special care to pregnant women infected with Covid-19, along with arranging a designated section for the treatment and delivery of pregnant women infected with Covid-19 in at least one hospital in rural areas.