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Make COVID-19 hospitals accessible for persons with disabilities: HC

Patient elderly sitting on wheelchair while waiting a doctor to treat

The Telangana High Court in India on Thursday directed the state government to make COVID-19 hospitals accessible for persons with disabilities.

The High Court directed the State government to provide caregivers with monetary allowances and other benefits as mandated by the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and to implement the guidelines issued by the ICMR and the Centre for Better Healthcare Systems.

The High Court also directed the Women and Child Welfare Department to take assistance from the District Welfare officers for collecting data concerning the number of persons with disabilities suffering from coronavirus.

It also directed the State to consider creating a separate scheme for having a monetary benefit to the caregivers as mandated under the Act.

The bench passed these orders in the PIL filed by advocate Shiva Ganesh Karnati seeking directions to the authorities concerned to sensitise police and other enforcement officials about the individual needs of persons with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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