Bombay HC Asks for MCGM’s Reply to the PIL Asserting that Pregnant Women are Denied Admission in Hospitals for Not Carrying COVID-19 Reports

The Bombay High Court directs Mumbai Corporation to analyse the details of clinics. A PIL was filed to examine such information. It asked to cater to the needs of pregnant women while hearing PIL as said above. The matter was heard by video conferencing due to lockdown under the pandemic situation.

Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed heard the case as per the guidelines for the Courts.

Introduction

A pregnant woman was denied for delivery at JJ Hospital. She was denied on the ground of not carrying a negative COVID-19 report with her. The bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed heard the PIL filed. Mohiuddin Vaid filed this PIL.

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He cites the directions to the Corporation to adopt proper measures for pregnant women.

Arguments Stated

AGP Jyoti Chavan fervently contests the allegation put in PIL. She showed the affidavit filed on behalf of the State. She referred to no such incident occurring at JJ Hospital, Mumbai. Senior Counsel AY Sakhare appears for the Corporation. He argues that there are many maternity homes and clinics which are catering to the needs of such ladies. Furthermore, he demanded for a stipulated period to file an affidavit. He focuses on to make the position of the Corporation clear.

Court’s Decision

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The Court directs MCGM to file an affidavit. It asked to provide the names and details of maternity homes and clinics. It also required to give the number of deliveries that occurred over the last few weeks in the clinic. The Court said:

“We propose to dispose of this PIL Petition on the next date. The PIL was disposed of by looking into the details furnished by the Corporation in its affidavit.”

The report says pregnant ladies in the city have borne the brunt of stressed healthcare system caused due to the pandemic disease. In a relevant case, a nine-month pregnant lady faced denial of admission in Bandra by a private hospital. The lady got denied as she was not carrying a COVID-19 report. It is distressful as a pregnant woman needs much more attention in such durations.

Moreover, surviving in such an environment and fighting for two lives simultaneously is difficult. Such women must get the necessary facilities at least till the delivery. Hospital administrators and government bureaucrats need to plan a specific system. The system must include a safe pick and drop system in such a pandemic situation.


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