Allahabad HC red flags Health infra in UP

Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has come down heavily on the health infrastructure of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The court has said that if the current situation continues then there will be no power that will be able to stop the third wave from turning into a reality.

It expressed dissatisfaction over testing of corona infection in rural population in Uttar Pradesh and steps to increase medical and health facilities in remote areas. The court has said that the state’s health system is running on God’s mercy. This needs immediate improvement.

The High Court has also given several suggestions to the Uttar Pradesh government.

The court has said that all types of pathology facilities in villages and towns and medical facilities across levels should be provided in community health centers. It said cities of B and C grade should be given ambulances with at least 20 ICU facilities.

There should be two ambulances in each village, so that serious patients can be transported to the hospital. The court has directed to make this facility available in a month.

A bench of justices Siddharth Verma and Ajit Verma said that health facilities in urban areas are inadequate. There is no life saving equipment in the health centers in rural areas. The court gave the example of Bijnor, where there is no Level-3 hospital despite there being a population of more than one lakh. There are 150 beds in three government hospitals. The court has also asked the government to present an upgrade plan for medical colleges by 22 May.

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