The Maharashtra federal government informed the Bombay High Court on Thursday that there sufficed stock of Remdesivir and medical oxygen in the health centers in the state. In an affidavit in reaction to 2 PILs alleging inappropriate management of the COVID-19 crisis in the state, the federal government stated the Centre has assigned 4,35,000 vials of Remdesivir for the duration till April 30.
Supporter General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the state’s legal representative, said nodal officers have been designated to avoid hoarding of Remdesivir, which is used to treat hospitalised patients.
The government has also structured the supply of oxygen through district collectors, he said.Senior counsel Anil Sakhre of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said while Mumbai “does not have surplus of oxygen and Remdesivir, there is enough stock to last for the next few days in all healthcare facilities and assisted living home”. Advocate Arshil Shah, the counsel forone of the petitioners, informed the HC that he was attempting to get vaccination slot for his mom for the last 4 days.”There are no vaccination slots readily available a minimum of in the E ward of the city till July,” Shah claimed.The judges said the state federal government need to do something to avoid long queues at vaccination centres.”There is some problem at the ground level. Those who have actually taken (one dosage of) Covaxin have actually been asked to wait as there was short supply and they needed to prioritise giving the second dose,” the HC said.The court suggested that individuals be allocated particular time slots for vaccination, especially the elderly including elderly people from the Parsi community.”… the majority of them (Parsis) are old. So care for them too. Guarantee they get vaccinated,” the HC said.Advocate General Kumbhakoni stated that Adar Poonawalla of the Serum Institute of India had stated previously that he would book a quota of vaccine dosages for his community (the Parsis).”But the community stated we will take as and when we get. They declined to take like that (through an unique quota),” supporter Sakhre said.Advocate Shah stated another attorney practising in the high court had been attempting to get Remdesivir for his sister considering that morning, but to no avail.The court asked the Advocate General to help him.Kumbhakoni reiterated that the state has adequate Remdesivir stocks, but the drug is being provided just on medical prescription.”We will offer it to him (the legal representative) if he brings a medical professional’s prescription. In many cases, individuals are taking Remdesivir even when it is not required. We have adequate stock however such need is creating a space,” the AG said.The court adjourned the hearing while asking both the Centre and state federal government to file replies to the concerns raised in the PILs by Might 4, the next date.