The Allahabad High Court directed the State Government to defer all transfers of doctors who were working for treatment of Japanese Encephalitis. This order would continue till the health department develops the capacity to fight with Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Viral Encephalitis (VE), the court said.
Passing this order, the court remarked that in the previous order, the State Government was requested not to retire those specialists who were concerned with JE and VE programmes. "It is reported that services of Dr AK Rathi have been extended for a period of one year. It is now reported that some of the doctors, who are concerned and are part of the JE programme, are being transferred from the area," the court said.
Passing this order, Justice Sunil Ambwani directed the State Government to continue with their efforts to arrange vaccine for preventing outbreak of these diseases in various areas.
The court said that the matter would be taken up for hearing on January 31, 2007 for consideration based on the reports submitted by the State Government and Central Government with regard to action taken against JE and VE.
During the course of hearing, amicus curiae Jayant Bannerjee drew the attention of the court towards a report published in Hindustan Times dated January 6, 2007. In this report, the newspaper reported that '60 children suspected of viral encephalitis had died within two days, in Kushinagar and Padrauna districts. The blood samples were sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune. The results, however, are still awaited.'
Taking note of this report, court directed the authorities concerned to submit a report with regard to these deaths. The court also directed the central government counsel to request the National Institute of Virology, Pune to expedite the processing of the samples to identify the suspected virus, which caused these deaths.
Dr VS Nigam and Dr MK Gupta informed the court that the health department had taken preventive measures to check the spreading of JE and VE any further. Since then the doctors said the disease had abated.
State Counsel, JK Tiwari also filed the '4th action taken report' in compliance with the order dated December 13, 2006. He also submitted progress report submitted by BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur.
The court passed these directives on a contempt petition (no: 820 of 2002) filed by Rajesh Kumar Srivastava.