New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) A Class 12 student from Delhi has moved the Supreme Court, seeking directions to the Centre and state governments to take a time-bound decision in connection with the physical re-opening of schools and conduct of offline teaching.Petitioner Amar Prem Prakash said he is echoing the sentiments and feelings of a large body of the student community and fraternity of the country, particularly underprivileged and voiceless children. The petitioner said he is aggrieved by the "indecision and vacillation" on the part of the Centre and states/Union Territories (UTs), in the matter of re-opening of schools and resumption of physical classes with adequate safeguards. "Raising this very vital issue regarding the deprivation and ill-effects, both psychological and actual, of school children being kept away from attending their schools physically," said the plea filed through advocate Prem Prakash Mehrotra.The plea emphasised the deprivation of regular school and teaching in the congenial and academic environment of a student's education institution, is leaving an indelible mark on the psyche of student community. "A holistic and considered decision in regard to re-opening of schools will not only end the uncertainty and speculation in this regard, but also assuage the sentiment of the student community in the country," the plea said.The plea said having virtual classes and the non-reopening of the schools in the country is proving to be not only detrimental to the interests of students, but also tantamount to discrimination and unfair treatment.--IANSss/vd
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear plea of a 31-year-old woman seeking a direction to PM-CARES Fund and other authorities to provide monetary assistance of Rs 1 crore for her husband, who is hospitalised since early May, after contracting Covid-19, and requires the money for a lungs replacement procedure.The couple is one of those families who are facing the financial version of long-haul Covid-19: Exorbitant medical bills, emotional stress and approaching various authorities seeking financial help, have upset their lives. The family claims to have already spent Rs 1 crore in the treatment of the man, which has exhausted all their savings.As a bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose queried petitioner's counsel if they were seeking reimbursement of entire amount that they are spending in a private hospital from the government, counsel clarified the matter is not about reimbursement, but seeking financial assistance in the medical procedure, and cited right to health under Article 21.Counsel informed that PM CARES Fund has released Rs 3 lakh and the CM's fund has released Rs 2 Lakh, but more financial assistance is required for the lungs transplant of the petitioner's husband. At this, the court said: "Can you imagine what would happen, if we issue notice in this matter?" as it asked where is the patient now.The counsel added that he in a hospital in Hyderabad with an expense of Rs 1.45 lakh per day. The bench said it has sympathies with the patient and trying to find out a way and listed the matter for further hearing on August 10.Petitioner Sheela Mehra, in the plea filed through advocate Krishna Kumar Singh, said: "Petitioner has spent more than Rs 1 crore on medication of her husband and only turned for help after exhausting all money available to her. The petitioner has also tried crowd funding, personal appeal on social websites, loans from friends and acquaintances before approaching the official respondents for financial help."Mehra, in the petition, said no life should meet its end for reason of financial constraints and the state is duty bound to extend help in an appropriate case. She insisted that PM-Cares Fund is a national endeavour to provide relief to the persons in distress situations.--IANSss/vd
New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Coronavirus has unleashed its wrath on the lives of a young couple who were married just a year ago. The husband is hospitalized since early May, after contracting Covid-19, and currently, requires Rs 1 crore for lungs replacement procedure. The couple is one of those families who are facing the financial version of long-haul Covid: Exorbitant medical bills, emotional stress and approaching various authorities seeking financial help, have upset their lives.However, his 31-year-old wife is not willing to give-up in the face of adversity. She has moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to PM-CARE Fund and other authorities to provide monetary assistance for her husband's treatment. She claimed her family has already pulled out all their savings to meet the cost of his treatment and have no financial means to raise Rs 1 crore for lungs replacement. Mehra, in the petition, said no life should meet its end for reason of financial constraints and state is duty bound to extend help in appropriate case. She insisted that PM-Cares Fund is a national endeavour to provide relief to the persons in distress situation. "Petitioner has spent more than Rs 1 crore on medication of her husband and only turned for help after exhausting all money available to her. The petitioner has also tried crowd funding, personal appeal on social websites, loan from friends and acquaintances before approaching the official respondents for financial help", said the plea filed through advocate Krishna Kumar Singh. The woman said she contacted the prime minister's office with recommendation of two MPs, which merely approved aid of Rs 3 lakh -- grossly insufficient to meet the lungs replacement expenses of her husband. Likewise, an amount of Rs 2 lakh was approved by the MP Chief Minister's Relief Fund, however it has not been disbursed so far. "PM Cares Fund is a national endeavour to provide relief to the persons in distress situation. The disbursement out of the said fund has to be done on need basis and as per the Deed of trust which governs the fund", said the plea. Mehra's plea contended that failure to provide financial assistance to save life of her husband would violate Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. "The same can be construed as inaction on part of the State in providing adequate health care to the citizens, particularly during the prevailing Covid-19 situation", it added, stating that all her effort would go in vain if requisite financial help is not extended by the state. Mehra got married with Manish Kumar Gohiya on June 19, 2020. The couple works in the IT sector and hails from Madhya Pradesh. The plea said, in May, the man got infected with COVID-19 and after being administered with high doses of steroids, his condition worsened and later, he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). After initial treatment at AIIMS Bhopal, petitioner's husband was shifted to Yashoda hospital, Secunderabad on June 11 for lungs transplant. Currently, he is at KIMS hospital, where his treatment was costing Rs two lakh per day and Rs 1 crore is required for lungs transplant procedure. --IANS ss/skp/
Vijayawada, July 30 (IANS) The state government's diktat on installation of captive oxygen plants and adequate stocks of oxygen cylinders at hospitals has run into opposition from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).IMA President elect C. Srinivasa Raju on Thursday described the government order issued in this regard as unnecessary, illogical and impractical.Issued recently by the Andhra Pradesh government, the order makes it compulsory for all the hospitals to install captive oxygen production facilities and ensure adequate oxygen supplies in their premises. As per the order, hospitals failing to do so will stand to forfeit their registrations.Speaking to the media, Raju said the arbitrary nature of the order has bewildered the IMA. He noted that the decision has been taken without taking the opinion of the private hospitals and private doctors who are major stakeholders in the issue. He also demanded a state-level advisory committee to discuss the matter.Private players in the state, represented by the Andhra Pradesh Private Nursing Homes and Hospitals Association, Andhra Pradesh Speciality Hospitals Association, and the Aarogysri Network Hospitals Association, have extended their support to the IMA in this regard.--IANSpvn/arm
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has raised objection to the provision of including the AYUSH into the modern medical system during the training of medical students, saying "it is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy".
In a letter to National Medical Commission (NMC), the IMA said, "It is not prudent for an Intern trained in modern medicine to partake and practice a system of medicine which he has not learned in under graduation with know-how and show-how paradigms."
"And straightaway coming to do it in an internship is dangerous to the public and the system," mentions the IMA in its letter on Thursday.
Referring that AYUSH and its components are vast subjects, the IMA said "working there for a week the intern will not learn any new skill, and there is no clarity who shall be their mentor, and will they be assessed by NMC faculty norms or not".
"What objective, role or competency will be learned which will augment his competencies as IMG? Are we adding engineering and Agriculture science too for a week as it will make him a perfect human being?" the IMA asked.
One week-period exposure, especially in another system of medicine will only pave the way to a half-baked mixopath, which is disastrous for the country, it said.
"IMA fully opposes the inclusion of one-week exclusive elective posting which is contrary to the established norms, superfluous and an attempt to initiate mixopathy. IMA strives for purity of profession."
"The rider for the said elective is very clear to the effect that provided the said discipline is available in the same college or institution where the internship is being done by the intern," said the IMA, adding "in this pretext, attempts will be made to introduce all these disciplines inside the modern medical hospitals, and slowly mixopathy will creep in".
The IMA noted it is also to be borne in mind that in terms of the interpretative pronouncement made by the Supreme Court in a series of proclamations that the registered medical practitioner in a given path, whereunder he or she have been trained and possesses the requisite registering qualification, is entitled to practice the said profession and not trespass any other profession in any manner by practicing the same.
"This being binding and established position of law, any posting in the name of elective in the period of internship which has no bearing in regard to the competencies that the intern would be entitled to practice as registered medical practitioner are neither open nor permissible for inclusion in the said internship programme, otherwise, it will be violative of this binding settled legal position in terms of it being law of the land."
The IMA said it appeals to delete Section 4.3 (17), which says exclusive elective posting of one week in any one of the AYUSH medicine available in the medical college to be given as a mandatory elective posting.
The IMA submitted seven-point observations with a firm request to the NMC to delete section 4.3 (17) and do necessary corrections for the other comments placed. (agency)
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New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on proceedings in multiple FIRs lodged against him over his remarks against the use of allopathic medicine in treatment of Covid patients during the ongoing pandemic.In the plea, Ramdev sought transfer of FIRs lodged against by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Patna and Raipur to Delhi. He has been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to aa infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC and other provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.The voluntary body of doctors accused him of spreading false information in connection with allopathic treatment for Covid patients. On May 23, Ramdev had withdrawn his statements on allopathic medicine after receiving a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who termed his remarks as "inappropriate".According to the IMA complaint, Ramdev has allegedly been propagating false information on social media platforms against medicines being used by the medical fraternity, the Indian government, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and other frontline organisations invoved in the treatment of Covid patients.--IANSss/vd