The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to treat a plea as representation seeking relief regarding Sultanpuri Government Isolation Centre in Delhi where no Covid-related protocol was being followed by staff when the petitioner was admitted in it.
The division bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh observed that petitioner has several grievances regarding the management of the particular isolation centre. As petitioner has not made any representation regarding the same before the concerned authorities, the court has asked to treat this petition as representation made by the petitioner to the authorities.
The petitioner, who is a PhD student of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and resident of Chandrabhaga hostel in JNU, has filed this petition seeking direction to the respondents that they must appoint any person or committee to check the present status of isolation centre. As this petition is filed by the petitioner when she was admitted there and it becomes important to know the current situation of the isolation centre.
The petitioner explained the horrifying experience of her own at the Centre before being transferred to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.
The petitioner said she was staying on campus when she tested Covid-19 positive, after which the petitioner informed the health centre of her university. The Petitioner was informed by the university that there are no quarantine facilities in university premises and was transferred by the university to Sultanpuri Isolation Centre.
The petitioner stated that the situation was gross at the centre, the toilets and washrooms were overflowing with urine and not cleaned. The bed sheets and blankets which were used by the earlier patients were distributed to them without washing and sanitizing them. The rooms which were allotted to new patients were not sanitized and cleaned after the previous patient had left.
There was no light in the petitioner’s washroom. Only after repeated requests to the CMO, an electrician was sent in the morning to fix the light.
Not a single person visits these wards, be it a doctor, nurse or any ward officials. The patients manage everything on their own. No doctor or a nurse visits the patients to check their vitals, temperature and oxygen levels.
Even though it is a well-known fact that it is essential for Covid-19 patients to get nutritious food in order to increase their immunity and fight the disease, the food at the centre doesn’t even include essential vegetables to start with. The patients are provided with poor quality of food.
Thus, having all aforementioned experiences, Petitioner has challenged the inaction of the respondent authorities in providing adequate and dignified quarantine facilities to patients who are presently kept in quarantine wards in Sultanpuri Government Isolation Centre.