The Allahabad High Court on May 17, was discussing the health infrastructure in villages and small cities as the state battles second wave of Covid-19. During the discussion, Justices Siddharth Verma and Ajit Kumar said that the entire medical system in villages and small cities of UP is “Ram Bharose” (a famous Hindi saying which means at God’s mercy).
The court made the observation noting the submissions of a three-member committee that looked into the alleged disappearance of a patient from the district hospital in western Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut town in April. The patient Santosh Kumar was indeed admitted to the hospital and had collapsed in a restroom, the court observed. He was then “brought upon a stretcher and efforts were made to revive him, but he died”.
According to a probe report, later the hospital staff could not identify the dead and failed to locate his file. Thus, it was taken as a case of an unidentified body. The body was packed in a bag and was disposed of by the medical staff itself.
Commenting on it, the High Court on May 17 said if this is the condition of medical college in the city like Meerut, then the entire medical system of UP is on Ram bharose.
“If doctors and paramedical staff adopt such casual approach and show carelessness in the performance of their duty, then it is a case of serious misconduct because it is something like playing with lives of innocent people. The state needs to take stern action against those responsible”, the court observed.
Furthermore, it said, “We have no hesitation in observing that health infrastructure is absolutely insufficient in city areas to meet the requirement of the city population and in the rural areas the community health centres are virtually lacking in respect of life-saving gadgets”.