SC directs Centre to ensure doctors, medical staff attending to Coronavirus patients get appropriate PPE, security

The Economic Times | Apr 8, 2020 at 8:44 PM
  • Observing that doctors and medical staff are the “first line of defence of the country” in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment ( PPE ) are made available to them for treating coronavirus patients.
  • The apex court directed that necessary police security be extended to doctors and other medical staffs.
  • Observing that it is the “first responsibility of the state to protect its citizens from the pandemic”, the bench noted in its order that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued guidelines on January 25 which prescribe procedures and practices to be adopted for infection prevention and control.