Saturday, 13 August, 2022

HC seeks govt decision on Covid jabs to pregnant women

The High Court on Monday asked the government to let the court know within 72 hours its decision about providing Covid jabs to pregnant women.

The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order after hearing a writ petition seeking steps to provide Covid jabs for pregnant women on priority basis.

It also asked the attorney general to contact the health and family welfare ministry, Directorate General of Health Services and National National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) in this regard.

On July 31, four lawyers filed a petition seeking necessary steps from the government to provide Covid vaccine to expectant women on priority basis.

The High Court also said the government is needed to take a specific decision within 72 hours.

The Court also asked the attorney general to contact the authorities concerned as they declared the decision formally within this period.

“We do not provide any formal order as our health minister said that they will take decisions about the pregnant women. We hope they will announce a decision soon. But the attorney general should contact them,” said the HC.

Advocate Mohammad Humayun Kabir stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Samarendra Nath Biswas represented the state.