An SC Divison bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and B.R. Gavai took note of the petitioner’s argument of the rise in COVID-19 infection from asymptomatic patients in the country. Following the same, the Court directed the Centre to examine the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits; for all categorised as healthcare workers engaged in “Non-COVID treatment areas”; And make necessary suggestions for the rational use of the PPE guidelines.
The bench said, “In view of the above, we direct the respondent/Union of India to examine this issue and make necessary suggestions for the ”rational use of Personal Protective Equipment” guidelines so that PPE kits are provided to all health officials, as stated above, who are working in non-Covid treatment areas.”
While disposing of the application, the bench said the order passed by the Supreme Court in April on this issue would continue. On April 8, the top court had noted that healthcare workers, doctors and nurses; are actually the first line of defence of the country in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, frontline warriors involved in the treatment of coronavirus patients should be provided PPE. Further, emphasising on the security of healthcare workers, the apex court directed the Centre, states and UTs to provide police security to the healthcare workers.