Supreme Court tells private hospitals to ensure Covid-19 patients’ treatment

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Kathmandu, March 31

Amidst reports that private hospitals of the country, in particular those in Kathmandu Valley, have been denying checking the patients suspected of coronavirus infection, the Supreme Court on Tuesday told them to ensure that they have facilities to treat the infected people.

Responding to a writ filed by advocate Pushpa Raj Paudel on behalf of the Supreme Court Bar Association, a single bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Sharma issued the interim order, stating the private institutions cannot put any precondition to provide the service and run away from their responsibilities.

Meanwhile, the court also summoned the government for a discussion next Sunday on whether enacting a law through an ordinance is necessary to respond to the current health emergency as Parliament cannot function currently. The petitioner had demanded an ordinance to address the situation.

Published on March 31st, Tuesday, 2020 4:43 PM

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