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Court directs Nagaland Govt to set up 2 COVID-19 testing labs within 10 days

Kohima, April 28: The Court has directed the State Government to make at least two testing labs of COVID-19 functional within ten days from today.

The Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench directed the State Government to make every effort to establish other labs at strategic places in the state to facilitate free testing in the near future.

The Order passed by Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S. Hukato Swu against the Case No.:PIL 2/2020 filed by Kikrukhonuo, Resident of Midland Colony Kohima versus the State Government and 3 others represented by the Chief Secretary, Principal and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare and Union of India, represented by Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, directed the State Government to provide sufficient number of PPEs, which are of the standard quality prescribed by the appropriate authority to all persons who are involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and in the looking after of persons in quarantine centers, besides make all efforts to make ICU facilities at all places identified for treatment of COVID-19 infected persons and also increase the number of ventilators so as to facilitate treatment in times of need.

The Court also asked the state Government to make ambulance available to the patients of COVID-19, at the earliest, if not already made available and to also make available transportation facilities to all persons who are in the line of duty, in view of the constraints and restraints imposed both by the Government and the public.

“See to it that under no circumstance or circumstances there should be any shortage of trained personnel for treatment of the COVID-19 patients and those who are quarantined,” the order stated.

The Court also directed the State Government to gear up and make sure that the two main hospitals, which have been identified for treatment of COVID-19 patients-one at Kohima and one at Dimapur are fully equipped and ready for functioning to meet the challenge or challenges posed by the COVID-19 within a period of two weeks.

The Court said regarding the other concerns raised by the petitioner in the writ petition, the respondents are to be look into them and come with their response through an affidavit on the returnable date.

“We also direct the State respondents to file their affidavit showing their level of preparedness and also a statement showing the materials already supplied for the personnel who are on the line of duty” the court order stated.

The order said heard Neiteo Koza, learned counsel for the petitioner and V. Suokhrie, learned Additional Senior Government Advocate appearing on behalf of the respondent Nos. 1 to 3. “This PIL through which certain concerns regarding the actions already taken and which are yet to be taken by the State Government regarding the COVID-19 are sought to be brought to the notice of this Court for issuing necessary direction or directions,” the Court said.

The Court said after having heard the learned counsel appearing for the petitioner and the learned Addl. Senior Advocate the Court was of the view that at this stage it would be sufficient if notice is issued to the respondents and limited directions are issued. (Page News Service)