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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM (IST)

Ensure dialysis machines remain functional: HC

Vijay Arora

Shimla, October 11

The High Court has directed the Principal Secretary (Health) to hold meetings periodically to ensure that all dialysis machines remain functional and are well-maintained in state hospitals.

During the course of hearing, the counsel for the state informed the court that the Principal Secretary (Health) had filed an affidavit, informing the court about the installation of dialysis machines in the hospitals of the state. In his affidavit, he had said six machines had been installed in the District Hospital, Chamba. It was further mentioned that similar machines had been installed in Palampur, Nurpur and Hamirpur Civil Hospitals.

The affidavit stated that seven dialysis units at the District Hospital, Mandi, Solan, Dharamsala, Kullu, Una, Bilaspur and Shimla were already functional and one more in Chamba was likely to be made operational. Up to August 31, 25,688 dialysis sessions had been performed on 5,330 patients in Himachal. The progress would be reviewed again and efforts would be made to make the above units functional as soon as possible, the affidavit read.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel disposed of the petition by observing that “in the light of the affidavit that steps stand taken by the authorities with a further undertaking that the progress will be reviewed again, we are satisfied that further court monitoring is not required in the matter. However, the Principal Secretary (Health) shall continue to hold meetings periodically to ensure that all machines remain functional and are well-maintained.”

The court passed the order on a public interest litigation for installing dialysis machines and making them operational in the state.


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