No isolation ward in SCB hospital

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Cuttack Nov 20: The High Court in eastern Indian Odisha state has asked the state government to file a fresh affidavit on its failure to set up an isolation ward for infectious and destitute patients in the central ICU of the SCB Medical College and Hospital.

Acting upon a Public Interest Litigation plaint, the High Court had in March this year directed the state government to have the isolation ward for destitute patients set up and name it after the Italian Sebastiano Rosario Contiguglia who had died in the hospital in December 2012.

The Italian had come to the state as a tourist and died in the hospital.

The High Court had in the same order asked the state government to file a compliance report after ensuring that NGOs are placed in the Hospital to take care of the destitute patients and the patients are rehabilitated properly at rehabilitation centres after treatment.

After six months of the order, the state government on Wednesday submitted an affidavit to this effect.

Dissatisfied with the content of the affidavit, a division bench of Justice Indrajit Mahanti and Justice D P Choudhury rejected the content terming it as ‘evasive’.

The bench asked the government to file a fresh affidavit.

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