In a significant ruling, the Bombay High Court has said that it would be the responsibility of the Centre in case any faulty ventilators supplied by a Gujarat company through the PM CARES Fund cause deaths of COVID-19 patients.
In its verdict on Wednesday, a division bench, comprising Justice Ravindra Ghuge and Justice BU Debadwar, said that they would "not permit experimentation of ventilators which have undergone major repairs in treating the patients, since this would be causing a risk/health hazard to the patients, and unfortunately, the use of such ventilators may cause loss of life, which must be averted."
After a submission by the additional solicitor-general of India Anil Singh, that a team of expert doctors from New Delhi—one each from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital— would visit the Government Medical College & Hospital, Aurangabad (GMCH) on Thursday to inspect the defective ventilators, the court has posted the matter for further hearing on 7th June.
The matter pertains to 150 ventilators provided to the GMCH in April under the PM CARES Fund which were supplied by Rajkot-based Jyoti CNC, of which around 133 were found to be defective or malfunctional. (IANS Report-May 18).
A GMCH committee had submitted a report on the ventilators which suffered continuous breakdowns even after repairs, and hence the machines were not being used as a precautionary measure with the Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant raising the issue in a big way.
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