LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday issued guidelines mandating large fines and case registrations under the Epidemic Act against hospitals that refuse to admit patients with Covid-19.
“A case will be registered against any hospital which turns down patients. It will be based on the recommendations of the district magistrate and the chief medical officer concerned. The medical education department has issued orders in this regard to all the commissioners, DMs and CMOs in the state,” a government spokesperson said.
Principal Secretary (Medical Education) Alok Kumar said protecting people’s lives was a priority for the government and would not be tolerated by the hospital administration.
A government spokesperson assured people there was no shortage of ventilators, bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP), and high current nasal cannula (HFNC) at state hospitals and medical colleges, and said they had been purchased in sufficient quantities. He said medical colleges and hospitals have more than 5,000 ventilators, 1,600 HFNC and 1,000 BIPAP machines in addition to those in private hospitals.
The government is also ready to buy more if needed, he added. Regarding the availability of oxygen, the spokesperson said several oxygen plants had been built in medical colleges and hospitals.
“Oxygen plants are also being set up in government medical colleges in Saharanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh and Banda, and at autonomous state medical colleges in Firozabad, Ayodhya, Basti and Bahraich.”
Earlier this week, the medical education department released about 1.15 headers for oxygen plants.