According to the Bombay High Court, the BMC must not leave any stone unturned to guarantee citizens' safety in the face of mounting Covid instances

by Web Desk | Published: 10 Jan 2022

The Bombay High Court ruled on Monday that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) must leave no stone left in ensuring that Mumbai residents are protected from the Omicron strain of the Covid, which is quickly spreading across the city. The BMC was also ordered by the HC to implement preventive measures and Maharashtra government norms for managing covid-related healthcare resources like oxygen, hospital beds, and required medicines.


"We hope and trust that the BMC would go to great lengths to guarantee that the general public's health is not jeopardised as a result of Omicron's development and spread," CJ said. A division bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik was hearing public interest litigation filed last year, in which the BMC and Maharashtra government were asked to manage healthcare resources related to Covid-19.


The BMC's lawyer, Anil Sakhre, told the HC that the civic body was well-prepared to deal with the city's current covid crisis. He provided an affidavit outlining the availability of hospital beds, oxygen supplies, and the anti-covid immunizations that have been given to city inhabitants thus far. While the number of patients catching Covid, particularly the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus, has increased in the last three weeks, the number of such patients requiring hospitalisation or critical care has been "small," according to the affidavit.


There were 1,17,437 active cases of Covid-19 in the city. Hospitalization was required in 7,432 of these instances. According to the BMC affidavit, only 814 of these instances required ICU hospitalisation, and just 3% of the total cases required oxygen beds in hospitals. According to the civic council, a total of 1,00,31,137 people over the age of 18 in the city have gotten at least the first dosage of the anti-covid vaccine. According to the report, 82,76,199 persons over the age of 18 have got both doses of the vaccination.


The BMC also indicated in its affidavit that they hoped to vaccinate a total of 6,12,461 people between the ages of 15 and 18, with 65,289 people receiving the first dose of the vaccine, representing about 11% of the target population. The HC has decided to postpone the hearing on the PIL until next week.


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