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
Interim orders were passed by the Court in two different hearings. I am
listing out the Court Orders from the two hearings,
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.
vacant posts shall be filled by 30th November 2020;
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.
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.
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.
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.