New Delhi: The Supreme Court ordered the Kasaragod District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) in Kerala to examine the medical and palliative care services offered to Endosulfan victims from district to primary health care facilities and to produce a report within six weeks. The bench, chaired by Justice DY Chandrachud, gave the directives after reviewing the contempt of court suit submitted by the group “Serve Collective” for the Endosulfan victims. On October 21, the case will be examined at once again.
After visiting district and general hospitals as well as community and primary health centres, the secretary is required to submit the report. The supreme court further ordered all interested state government authorities to give the District Legal Services Authority the information and assistance it needs.
The complainants had asked that the Tata Group’s greenfield hospital in Kasaragod, which has 551 beds total, be made available to the state government for use in treating Endosulfan victims. The hospital that initially treated Covid patients was shut down after some time.