DIMAPUR, JUNE 18: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has asked the Government of Nagaland and the Department of Health & Family Welfare to take up regular testing and vaccination of shopkeepers, including vegetable vendors, on priority.
“Keeping in view the way how the virus is spreading we are of the view that regular testing and vaccination of shopkeepers including vegetable vendors should be taken up on priority basis”, said the Court while hearing a PIL (suo moto) on June 16.
The Court asked the Counsel for State Health & Family Welfare Department to inform the Court as to what steps have been taken regarding this on the next date of hearing.
In the hearing, Senior Additional Advocate General appearing for the State of Nagaland, as well as the Counsel for the H&FW Department, submitted that all the concerns shown by the Court in the order dated 24.05.2021 and the directions given therein have been taken care of by the respondents to the best of their ability. They also assured the Court that mass vaccination is going on colony-wise and village-wise and people are also coming forward to take vaccination.
The Court had on May 24 noted with concern the absence of quarantine centres for isolation of COVID positive patients this year and the reliance on home isolation. The Court was of the view before directing a person to stay under home isolation, surveillance teams constituted by the Government should first see/verify whether the family has sufficient rooms and other facilities in the house where the infected person can be isolated, and if only such facilities are found, the person should be directed to stay under home isolation.
Regarding testing of persons, the Court had opined that fees for testing should not be charged even from persons who come on their own for testing. It also directed the Government to increase testing facilities and testing ramped-up.
On the exorbitant charges for burials of COVID deaths, the Court in its May 24 order said “since we are in war-like situation, we would expect that the Government will take the burden at least for those who cannot afford.” It had also urged the Government to take appropriate action so that burial charges are not unreasonably high.
(Page News Service)