PANJIM: The High Court of Bombay at Goa will on Monday hear the Public Interest Litigations (PILs) for the remaining issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic management in the State.
On Thursday, when the matter was placed before the Division Bench led by Justice M S Sonak, which is hearing a batch of petitions on the issue for over a month, the Bench directed the petitioners to submit a chart in coordination with the government lawyers. The chart, Justice Sonak said, should be only on pending issues requiring judicial intervention on COVID-19 management in Goa.
Matters on high mortality rate, gaps in the health care system, shortage of oxygen, shortage of oxygen beds, shortage of all medical facilities to treat serious COVID-19 patients, failure of government to impose strict restrictions leading to spurt in COVID-19 cases were among a list of issues argued by various petitioners before the High Court, that heard the PILs on priority during its summer vacation period.
The Court’s intervention led to closing of borders for non-COVID-19 tested persons, smooth supply of oxygen in government hospitals, commissioning of super specialty block to handle increasing patients and overall handling of health emergency by the government and its health officials.