In the outbreak of the infectious disease COVID- 19, no one has suffered more than the medical industry, is it the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff or other helping crew. Their dedication and contribution are indeed remarkable. But, what shocks the most, that their own health and safety is under grievous danger. The nation being ‘under-resourced’ has put the health and safety of this field under great threat. In the lieu of this, a number of PIL’s has been filed in the Supreme Court with the view to bring the slightest change, if it could, to the existing scenario.
Nevertheless, nothing seems to shake. Somebody has said correctly, every cloud has a silver lining and recently on 8 April 2020, the Supreme Court has taken up a PIL filed by Dr Jerryl Banait, Dr Arushi Jain and Advocate Amit Sahni. The bench comprised of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ravindra Bhat. The petitions seek directions to provide an adequate number of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE), masks, sanitizers, and other requisite materials for doctors, paramedical staff, and other frontline workers along with the police security, in the light of recent events.
The Apex Court while adjudicating the petitions via video-conference, regarding the medical professionals serving the patients, as ‘corona- warriors’, who have to be protected at any cost. The Hon’ble Court directed the Union, all States and Union Territories to provide necessary police security to all the medical staff in hospitals and places where patients, who are either quarantined, suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
The bench stated while adjudicating, the doctors and medical staff as “most vulnerable to fall prey to the virus, while protecting others from it”, thereby it is our duty to protect them, who are protecting us. The bench ensured the fact that their salaries shall be paid on time without any deductions, and if any such act happens, strict action shall be taken against him. Lastly, the Court also directed the private labs to conduct Coronavirus tests free of cost, in the hour of national crisis.