Positive order from the High Court of Chhattisgarh regarding the presence of doctors at medical facilties


HRLN received a positive order from the High Court of Chhattisgarh in September 2017 which directed the State Government authorities 'to take all requisite steps to ensure that due facilities are made available through the District Hospital Sukma as well as Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres in that district by providing requisite Doctors, Nurses, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives and other requisite manpower'. The petitioner had raised the issue of a lack of medical staff in healthcare facilities and cited high maternal and infant mortality as a concern. The judge remarked: 'Even on the face of challenges, the Government is duty bound to find out ways and means to ensure that the requisite measures of welfare reaches the people along the length and breadth of a country governed by its Constitution and the laws. We cannot also assume that the deficit in services is attributable only to any local condition of access. It cannot be ignored that there are many who grow up in life, from challenged circumstances, by getting educated and thus proceed through the higher echelons of economic and social empowerment, but tend to, a large extent, drift away from their Fundamental Duties in terms of Part-IVA of the Constitution of India and their primary duties as human beings in the social context of any society which has people in need of healthcare and other supports'.