Provide more COVID helpline numbers other than 108, HC directs govt

Hyderabad: Telangana High Court had directed the state government to file its counter affidavit in the PILs seeking direction to the authorities of the government and private hospitals to increase medical aid to the COVID-19 patients.

Furthermore, on Monday it also ordered the government to provide more helpline numbers apart from the existing ‘104’ and to ensure their effective functioning.

He urged that of the concerned staff is efficient than the helpline numbers would be more affective.

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The bench comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Viijaysen Reddy passed the order in two PILs – one filed by P Srikanth complaining that a private hospital refused to admit his wife who was suffering with breathing problem and the staff had insisted that he furnish a Covid-19 test report prior to her admission. 

In another PIL, advocate Smriti Jaswal sought more operative helpline numbers with requisite information. After hearing both the PILs, the bench issued notices to the State government, Gandhi and Osmania General Hospitals, and other hospitals concerned to respond to the petitioner’s contentions. Matter was posted to September 24 for further hearing.

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