STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Telangana High Court directs Chief Secretary to file detailed report on steps taken to tackle swine flu 

Court also asks the government to undertake wide publicity on preventative measures against dengue.

Published: 01st December 2019 08:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2019 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

Telangana High Court

Telangana High Court

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  Expressing concern about the preparedness of the State government in tackling swine flu, a division bench of the Telangana High Court directed the Chief Secretary to file a comprehensive report in the form of an affidavit informing the steps being taken by the government, both preventive and curative measures, to tackle the epidemic during this winter season. 

Further, the Court directed the government to undertake wide publicity about precautionary and preventive measures to be taken by the people with regard to dengue and swine flu. 

The bench passed this order on Friday in a PIL filed by Dr M Karuna complaining inaction of the authorities concerned in taking preventive steps against dengue in the State, and PIL which was taken up suo moto based on a letter addressed to the high court chief justice by advocate Rapolu Bhaskar who pointed out lacunae in government hospitals in dealing with swine flu, dengue and others. 

ALSO READ: Is Telangana prepared to tackle swine flu?

On earlier occasion, the bench directed the government to constitute a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary and such a committee should submit report before the court every Thursday informing the progress made on the epidemic issue.

The committee is directed to examine the requirement of tools such as mounted fogging machines, power sprayers and the knapsack machines for all the major cities and towns. 

Pursuant to court order, the government constituted a nine-member committee with Chief Secretary as its chairman and heads of various departments as members and it will consider the areas that need to be covered in order to eradicate the diseases. 

The committee will seek an expert opinion as to the quantity of machinery and the extent of manpower that is needed to tackle the menace.

As per the court direction, the recommendations of the committee should be binding on the State.  

When the matter came up for hearing, state advocate general BS Prasad submitted a report before the court regarding the steps taken for eradication and management of vector-borne diseases more particularly dengue.

Advocate K Pavan Kumar, appearing for Dr Karuna, pointed out that the authorities concerned are not properly utilising print, electronic and social media for creating awareness among the public for taking precautionary and preventive steps against the epidemic.

Already, incidents of swine flu affected persons are reported from different parts of the State, he added.

After perusing the contents of the report and hearing the submissions of the petitioner’s counsel, the bench expressed its concern over the government’s preparedness in tackling swine flu which is expected to rise during this winter season.

The bench posted the matter to December 13 for further hearing.

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp