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From conduct of tests to hospitalization of patients: Karnataka HC questions state govt on protocol for COVID-19 medical facilities

These questions were raised by the Court while dealing with two letter petitions underlining the lack of medical facilities for COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today posed a series of questions to the state government, ranging from the time taken for COVID-19 test reports to the mechanism to seek admission in hospitals for treatment.

These questions were raised by the Court while dealing with two letter petitions underlining the lack of medical facilities for COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

A Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar has sought answers from the government on the following issues:

  • If a person himself wants to undergo test for COVID-19, in what manner can he approach designated laboratories?

  • Whether any timelines are fixed for getting test report from various laboratories?

  • If a person is tested COVID-19 positive, in what manner immediate medical advice is available?

  • If a person tests positive and is advised to be hospitalized, whether online data on the availability of beds in the city of Bengaluru with facility of real time updation is available?

  • If a patient is advised to get admitted in ICU, in what manner can he immediately secure admission to such hospitals?

  • In the event ICU bed/ventilator is not available, is there any authority with whom complaint can be lodged so that immediate arrangement is made for availability of beds with ICU and for ventilator?

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