Motivate people to undertake plasma donation, affix QR codes on Remdesivir packets: Uttarakhand High Court issues directions
The Uttarakhand High Court has urged the State government to take immediate measures to protect citizens from the pandemic's onslaught, stating that the people are fighting a big war against COVID-19. In this regard, the Court urged the State government to encourage people to donate plasma and to ensure that drugs used to treat COVID-19 are not in short supply or overcharged. On Wednesday, a bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma released a slew of COVID management-related orders in two separate cases.
On May 10, the High Court was supposed to hear petitions about the COVID-19 crisis. The petitioners, however, demanded that the date of the hearing be moved up due to the urgent situation in the state. The number of Dedicated Covid Hospitals has been increased from five to twelve, and the number of Dedicated Covid Health Centres has been increased from twelve to sixteen, according to the State. The Court was also told that three factories produce oxygen tanks, and that there was no shortage of oxygen tanks in the state. The Court was told that this is a state that supplies oxygen tanks to neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Although oxygen was available, the Court was informed that cylinders and flow metres were in short supply. The Court ordered the competent authority under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to instruct drug inspectors to conduct inspections within their jurisdictions, ensuring that there is no scarcity or over-charging of the drug used for COVID-19 care. The Court added that the concerned drug inspectors should ensure that QR Codes are affixed to each packet of Remdesivir. The order notes that if a pharmacist is found hoarding or selling Remdesivir for more than the legal price, the concerned Drug Inspector will take action against the pharmacist in compliance with the law.