May 2, 2020, 2:26 AM

Dhantoli Nagarik Mandal, a residents association in Nagpur, has approached Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court against a Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) order, which allows the civic body to take over two hospitals in the area to treat COVID-19 patients.

On April 23, NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had directed twelve private hospitals in the city to be ready to treat COVID-19 patients. Out of the twelve hospitals, two hospitals – Avanti Institute of Cardiology and Ganga Care Hospital are situated in Dhantoli area.

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After hearing the petition filed by residents through the counsels Ashutosh Dharmadhikari and Ashutosh Deshpande on Thursday, Justice Manish Pitale issued notices to the respondents including NMC and said that coronavirus positive patients in the city can’t be shifted to private hospitals until all beds are full at government run IGGMCH and GMCH.

Justice Pitale asked responding counsel Sudhir Puranik to file an affidavit stating the number of beds available at GMCH and IGGMCH for treating COVID-19 patients. The court will hear the case next on May 5.

Dhantoli area in Nagpur is well-known as a medical hub with a number of super specialty hospitals situated in the area. Residents, through the petition, have said that if COVID-19 patients are treated in these hospitals, it may lead to the spread of virus in the area.

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