Even as the global fight against Covid-19 is intensifying, the Madras High Court has directed the State government to file a detailed report on the steps taken to prevent the spread of the viral infection in the Tamil Nadu.
Suryaprakasam’s original plea sought the court to direct the State government to appoint an expert committee comprising health and other experts in the field of public safety and communicable diseases to ascertain the efficacy and adequacy of the measures taken by the authorities in tackling dengue menace in Tamil Nadu.
However, when the plea came up for hearing on Tuesday, the petitioner filed an additional affidavit in which he submitted that though Covid-19 infection had not been detected in Tamil Nadu, appropriate preventive measures and awareness should be created among the public.
Preventive measures should be immediately taken particularly for children who have less immunity to such viruses. The government should rope in experts and NGOs to spread awareness among public, the petitioner added while seeking the creation of an expert committee headed by the Chief Secretary and comprising secretaries of Health, Transport and Civil Supplies.
Recording the submissions, the plea has been posted to February 24, when the authorities are expected to file the report.