The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Monday constituted a panel headed by director SKIMS to chalk out further programmes to circumscribe HINI influenza so that the virus does not hit people further in Kashmir.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation on the H1N1 issue by Advocate Syed AJaz Ahmad Qadiri, a division bench Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey said, "Director, SKIMS in-coordination with Director Health Services, Kashmir and Principal Government Medical College Srinagar will hold weekly meetings and chalk out further programs so as to ensure that the H1N1 influenza gets controlled and does not affect the people any further".
While the court directed the committee to work out measures required to be taken to deal with H1N1 influenza effectively and submit report to the state government, Government of India and the state government and GOI have been asked take steps for implementing these recommendations on the receipt of the report of the Committee.
The committee has also been asked to take necessary steps in conducting public awareness programs about the H1N1 influenza and protective measures to be adopted by the people.
The court directed the committee to report to Government about the measures to be taken to protect school going children from the H1N1 influenza and the State Government has been directed to take immediate steps for implementing the recommendations by the Committee. " Commissioner Medical Education Department to file compliance report on the implementation of recommendations by the Committee before the next date of hearing," the court said.
The bench added, "Till the Government nominates an authority, Director SKIMS as head of the committee shall henceforth be responsible to brief the Press about the measures taken for effective control of H1N1 influenza. The said authority shall also through Print and Electronic Media inform the general public about the protective measures to be taken. The Director information shall render all assistance to the Director, SKIMS in this behalf".
The directions came after the bench went through "response" filed by director, SKIMS and the Director Health Services Kashmir to the PIL.
S A Makroo, ASGI, counsel for GOI sought further time to file response.