Gujarat High Court Grants Permission to Gujarat HC Advocates Association which was seeking  to use “High Court’s Auditorium as Covid Care Center”

Gujarat High Court Grants Permission to Gujarat HC Advocates Association which was seeking to use “High Court’s Auditorium as Covid Care Center”

Chief Justice Vikram Nath has given permission to the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association to use High Court’s Auditorium for setting up Covid Care Center.
letter sent by Association’s President, Yatin Oza addressed to the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, the HC’s Registrar general has informed that the said permission has been granted subject to following conditions:-

  • Four Rooms of the Auditorium [one on the First Floor, one on the Second Floor and two Rooms on the Third Floor] is made available for the purpose of treating the Advocate and their family members as well as High Court officers/staff members and their family members, found Covid-19 positive.
  • The Gujarat High Court Advocate Association shall make sufficient arrangements of medical facilities i.e. Doctor, Nurse, Medical staff, Medicine, PPE Kits, Face Shields, Gloves, and other medications.
  • The Gujarat High Court Advocate Association shall in consultation with authorized hospitals set up all ward facilities like beds, oxygen cylinders, sanitization, food, cleanliness, and disposal of biomedical waste.
  • No kitchen facility is to be provided at the premises, however only packed food will be permitted.
  • Ensure that all the SOP/ guidelines issued by Government and Corporation time to time with regard to Covid patient admitted to Govt./Non Govt. Hospitals shall comply in their true spirit.

The High Court will also make available few Non-COVID rooms at Gujarat State Judicial Academy for use of the advocate and their family members as well as High Court officers/staff members and their family members.

Background:

The president of the Association, Yatin Oza had addressed a letter to the Gujarat High Court’s Chief Justice to accord the Association, the permission to use HC’s auditorium so that the Association could arrange for a certain number of beds along with full care, sanitation, food, and medical needs of such persons as may be required.

The letter had stated that quite a large number of Advocates and/or their first family members have not been successful in getting admission in any hospital in the city of Ahmedabad nor are getting Remdesivir Injections though recommended by the Hospital/treating doctor.

Moreover, it was stated in the letter that the Association’s president had sent a message to the Municipal Commissioner to ensure that the advocates of the Bar and/or their family members who are only hospitalized be supplied with Remdesvir since it was absolutely necessary to be administered to them, the request was met with Redtapism, and the request in the message was neither acceded to nor it was replied to.

“Practically, every day 1-2 advocates are losing their lives due to the Covid 19 complications. Many of them, for want of hospitalization/availability of oxygen and or remdisivir injections”

In view of these circumstances, the Association had sought HC’s permission to use the Auditorium for establishing the COVID Care Centre.

Further, it was concluded that it would provide timely visits by doctors and other caregivers to look after the patients and that all the expenses would be borne by the Association and the only assistance which would be required from outside agencies would be to ensure adequate supply of oxygen and medication, mainly Remdesivir and other Injections, of which also, the expenses would be borne by the Association.

“This would be an effort by the Association to fulfil its social responsibilities and it can be done at virtually no cost to the High Court as the premises are otherwise lying unused”

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