Huge victory to Vimukti Pothnal…..

Public Interest Litigation on Maternal deaths and various schemes and vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts.

we the staff and Director is extremely happy to share with you all, the Bangalore High Court Order with regard to the PIL on maternal deaths where Manvi unit has submitted our study report on behalf of Karnataka Janaarogya Chaluvali (KJC). We had submitted that the poor status of antenatal care, postnatal care, poor implementation of the various maternity benefit schemes and huge vacancy of the doctors and paramedical staff in PHCs, CHCs, Sub-district and District hospitals leading to maternal and Infant deaths in the poor North Karnataka districts.

Interim orders were passed by the Court in two different hearings. I am listing out the Court Orders from the two hearings,

  1. The State Government shall take immediate steps to fill up all the vacancies to the posts of doctors, specialized doctors, staff nurses, Para medical staff, health workers, health assistants and other staff such as accountants, data operators etc., in District and Taluk public hospitals run by the State as well as in CHCs and PHCs across t the State. Posts shall be filled in a phase wise manner and while doing so, immediate priority shall be given to fill up all the vacant posts in CHCs and PHCs in the State. If the regular appointments are likely to take time, appointment of essential staff such as doctors, nurses and health workers etc shall be made on contract basis.

  2. All vacant posts shall be filled by 30th November 2020;

  3. We direct the Principal Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare of State of Karnataka to file a personal affidavit laying down phase wise schedule for filing the vacancies. Such affidavit shall be filed on or before 20th of March 2020.

  4. The State Government shall constitute District Level Committees to monitor various maternity benefit schemes and maternal infant mortality before 14th March 2020. The compliance of this direction shall be also reported by 20th March 2020.

  5. The failure on the part of the State Government to fill in the posts will amount to violation of fundamental rights under Article-21 of the constitution of India. In a given case, such as a case of women belonging to a family below poverty line suffering maternal death due to lack of availability of the doctors at the grass root level facilities, her family members can claim compensation by taking recourse to public law remedy for violation of Article-21 of the constitution of India.

  6. For considering the said affidavit, this petition shall be placed before the regular bench taking Public Interest Litigation cases on 23rd of March 2020.

Thank you all. It is a huge victory to all of us. Hence, A big thank you to the entire team of Vimukti for all your efforts. Let us be proactive in taking up the health rights issues of our people.

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