Considering the “urgency and seriousness” required to tackle suspected cases of Ebola infection, the Bombay High Court directed the state government to provide adequate detection facilities at international airports in Pune and Nagpur, on the lines of that in Mumbai, within 48 hours.
Justices A S Oka and G S Kulkarni took note of the affidavit filed by the Centre, which said there were six flights arriving in Pune from the affected nations via Dubai and Sharjah. In addition, there were three flights coming to Nagpur from Dubai, said Dr V L Gokak, Senior Regional Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Pune. “The state government has already been requested by a communication to start health screening,” said the affidavit.
The HC remarked: “If the Central government has provided facilities, the state should also provide the same facilities. If steps are delayed, you (state) know the consequences.”