MAPUSA: Chartered Accountant Rahul Mhambre has filed a public interest litigation in the HC on the issues faced by the relatives of COVID19 patients in the in GMC’s Super Speciality Block.
“This is to inform members of the public that I have filed a Public Interest Litigation in reference to the long-pending issues being faced by the relatives of the patients admitted at the Covid wards of the GMC super-specialty block. This petition was filed in my individual capacity on Tuesday 01/06/21, at the Goa bench of the Hon. High Court of Bombay,” he said.
Mhambre said that the prayers made in the petition were related to various issues such as the non-availability of drinking water for relatives, lack of privacy screens for patients, the restriction on bringing home-cooked food into the facility, the necessity for seating arrangements and charging points for relatives, the condition of toilets, and other requirements such as photocopy machine, which were all creating great inconvenience and added distress to the covid patients and the relatives.
“The Hon. High Court heard the matter on Wednesday 02/06/21 and passed an interim order (attached) requiring the Govt to take immediate steps on three urgent issues relating to drinking water, privacy screens and seating arrangements,” he said.
Mhambre had visited the GMC super-specialty block at Bambolim almost three weeks ago, and interacted with the relatives who had been raising their issues through media and social media.
“All attempts to get the issues resolved through the Dean of Goa Medical College, the District Collector of North Goa, the Health Secretary, and the Chief Minister himself, were unsuccessful,” he said.
“I am thankful to the Hon. High Court bench for its expeditious hearing and interim order which will lead to relief for Goans already in considerable anguish due to covid infection. The petition will come up for further orders on Thursday 10/06/21,” he said.