Humanitarian crisis appears at interstate borders of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Despite the high court orders of not turning away the ambulances ferrying Covid-19 patients, Telangana police personnel turn away ambulances that did not have a valid online permit to enter. According to the latest report, 60 ambulances stopped at the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border.

Image Source: The Hindu The Telangana high court stayed a circular issued by the state government, restricting ambulances' entry and other vehicles carrying Covid-19 patients from the neighboring states into its territory. The bench of Chief justice, Hima Kohli, and justice, B Vijaysen Reddy, termed the circular as discriminatory and also against the Epidemic acts and Disaster Management Act. They issued a notice asking the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the government to bring in a uniform policy governing admission in hospitals during the ongoing pandemic crisis. The bench earlier directed the state to not block any ambulances at the border and asked the state authorities to brief up people and authorities of the neighboring state about the ground reality the state itself is facing. However while announcing the 10-day lockdown in Telangana, starting on Wednesday, the Telangana government issued a circular asking the neighboring states to get permission from its hospital and police, before bringing the covid patients to Hyderabad. Telangana police personnel turned away Andhra Pradesh 60 ambulances, with critically ill Covid patients at Pullur Plaza till now. Two patients, one from Nandyal in the Kurnool district and the other from Kadapa, got reported dead because of a delay in treatment. Despite pleas from desperate family members, the Telangana cops did not allow the ambulances to enter the state. While the Telangana government is arguing that it has an inherent power to protect its people during a pandemic, the Andhra Pradesh government said that the action of the former goes against the laws it cited to support its circular and wanted the passage to be free from barriers. The case has been posted to June 17 for further hearing.

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