HC seeks status about new pediatric hospital in Srinagar

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed government to file a report about the status of 200-bedded pediatric hospital in Srinagar.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Hasnain Massodi passed the direction after perusal of a compliance report filed by the government regarding court’s direction in August last year.
The government informed the court that a detailed project report has been prepared by R&B Department for constructing the 200 bedded Pediatric Hospital in Deewanbagh here on available 14 kanals of land.
The report has been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare Government of India, for its approval.
“Latest status regarding approval be filed by or before next date,” the bench said and posted the case by or before May 26.
In another direction, the court also directed Drug Inspector Srinagar to have surprise inspection of the chemist shops in and around GB Panth.
“The samples of drugs shall be taken and send for analysis,” the bench said, directing the Drug inspector Srinagar to file compliance report, by or before May 26.
The court passed the direction after senior counsel B A Bashir, during the course of hearing, highlighted that the chemists located in and around G B Panth Hospital have again resorted to storing substandard and spurious drugs and that the doctors posted in there are prescribing such drugs.
The bench also granted four weeks time to government for filing compliance report to its August 26 last year, directing the officials to make endeavour to fill up the vacant posts in health department swiftly by all lawful methods.
In another direction, the court also allowed submission by advocate Jahangir Iqbal Ganie, representing consultants, to file suggestions regarding improving night duties of the doctors.
Advocate Ganie submitted that in pursuance to order on 25 February, consultants have been asked to perform night duties as consultants and as a result, studies of the students suffer.
“He wants to file suggestions, which may help in ensuring performance of night duties by doctors in all disciplines in all the hospitals during night hours. He shall do so by or before next date,” the court said.