Corona Delth Compensation Issue: The Supreme Court has directed the central government to make changes in its guidelines related to corona death. The Supreme Court has asked to reconsider the decision of not treating the suicide of a Kovid patient as death from Kovid. The Supreme Court said that it cannot be accepted. Along with this, by 23 September, the final guideline for compensation on death due to Kovid was issued and directed to file compliance report. The next hearing in the matter will be on September 23.
What do the current guidelines say?
The Union Government, in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, said that the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have prepared guidelines for issuance of ‘official documents’ for Covid-related deaths. Accordingly –
- Deaths that occur within 30 days from the date of testing or the medically prescribed date in a COVID-19 case will be treated as deaths due to COVID-19. Whether the patient dies at a hospital or an inpatient facility.
- If a Kovid-19 patient remains admitted in a hospital or inpatient facility for more than 30 days and then dies, he will still be considered as a death due to Kovid-19.
- Deaths due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and accidental deaths will not be treated as COVID-19 deaths, even if the person has been infected with COVID-19. In this, the Supreme Court has objected to the point of suicide.
- Only those COVID-19 cases will be considered, which have been diagnosed through RT-PCR test, molecular test, rapid-antigen test or medically determined by a doctor through examination in a hospital or inpatient facility. has been done.
- COVID-19 cases which are not resolved and death occurred in hospital or at home and where Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) in Forms 4 and 4A has been issued to the registering authority, also a COVID-19 19 will be treated as death.
- In cases where the MCCD is not available or the relatives of the deceased are not satisfied with the cause of death given in the MCCD and those not covered by it, the State and Union Territories shall constitute a committee at the district level.
- The Registrar General of India will issue necessary guidelines to the Chief Registrars of all the States and Union Territories in this regard.
The Supreme Court had reprimanded the Central Government for issuing the Death Certificate on the death of Kovid, after which the Center has filed an affidavit in the matter. In fact, in the last hearing, Justice MR Shah in the Supreme Court had strongly reprimanded the Center and said that by the time the government takes steps, the third wave will have passed. The Supreme Court had asked the compliance report to be filed by September 11.