In a setback to the Pinarayi Vijayan government, the Kerala High Court remained its order to convey alcohol to those with liquor withdrawal symptoms with a doctor’s certificate on Thursday.
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The state government had given a request on March 30, expressing that people with liquor withdrawal side effects can apply for an alcohol pass, however, they need to deliver a doctor’s prescription for the same.
The division seat has put a stay on the order for three weeks after three petitions were documented in the High Court. Congress MP from Thrissur, T N Prathapan, is one of the applicants.
The government’s structure has gotten fire from many, including the clinical network.
The Kerala Government Medical Officer’s Association (KGMOA) had challenged the move and watched a dark day, expressing that liquor compulsion is a disease and liquor can’t be a solution for it.
“The treatment for alcohol addiction is not alcohol. It will be like inflaming the disease. If there is a government order, then anyone can approach us and demand for a certificate. Doctors can be threatened to give this certificate. During this time, when we are fighting against COVID-19, many people will rush to the hospital to get this,” Dr Syam Sunder, physician and KGMOA former president, said.
The doctor included that liquor withdrawal side effects must be affirmed by a therapist over a time of a week.
Meanwhile, Prathapan said that he will continue to fight against the. “The government’s decision gives a very bad signal to the medical community who is fighting covid-19,” the Congress MP said.
The government order said that anybody can move toward the extract authorities with a doctor’s certificate and passes will be given in the wake of crosschecking. When a pass is given, it will be sent to the BEVCO, (the express refreshments’ company), which will at that point choose the amount and at exactly that point Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) will be conveyed to them at their doorstep. Around 20 such pass demands were gotten by the excise department on the main day itself.