Come October 1, and Jharkhand Health Secretary Nitin Kulkarni can be spotted being grilled by Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad.

The subject will be 'poor arrangement' of the state health department to implement COVID -19 schemes in the state.

This became public today after the Jharkhand High Court on Friday issued summons to the state health Secretary and the state government-run RIMS hospital's Acting Director, directing them to appear before the Bench through Video Conference on October 1, 2020.        

The court had taken suo motu cognizance of media reports and tagged them with PILs demanding justice to patients of COVID-19 and flip -flop of the RIMS hospital in testing and treating COVID-19 cases. In one PIL, the petitioner had exposed the RIMS hospital management in providing health care to COVID -19 patients as well as testing and certifying positive-negative cases in a time frame.

During the hearing, the bench comprising Chief Justice  Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad, raised questions before the state government and RIMS management to explain how many posts of Medical Officers, Nurses, and Para Medical staff were lying vacant?         

When the government representative replied that these posts have to be filled up, the court quickly asked why measures were not started to fill up these vacancies?

To improve its health services, RIMS needs a number of reforms. The court observed that since the health care system of the state government was widely dependent on RIMS hospital, its improvement and system development is in the public interest.

The bench sought to know why one CT Scan Machine is not available in RIMS hospital at a time when the Centre and the state government annually spent nearly Rs 100 crore? More, the court asked why anybody who gets his Corona test conducted at RIMS, gets its report after ten days? 

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