The United Nurses Association (UNA) approached the Supreme Court mentioning that healthcare workers are exposed to the risk of getting infected by Covid-19 and sought to provide protective kits to healthcare workers.

In their intervention application, UNA addressed the serious concerns relating to imminent and extreme risks to workers throughout the country. In terms of resources and facilities, the union has said in its plea that adequate protection kits must be made available to every single health care professional working in Corona isolation wards or to those who work in close proximity of patients suspected to be infected with the virus. It also sought directions to timely payment of salaries to the Health workers.

After considering the demands in the application, apex court said-“All these facts, which have been brought to the notice of the Court by the media reports, clearly indicate a very sorry state of affairs of the patients of Covid-19 in the Government hospitals in the NCT of Delhi as well as in other States. We, thus, issue notice to the Union of India, NCT of Delhi, States of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat as well as to the LNJP Hospital in Delhi. We shall also consider issuing notice to other states, Government and Private hospitals subsequently.” 

(By – Anupama)