The Urgency for Improvisation of Existing Public Healthcare Law in the Battle against Pandemic

12 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

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Harshita Agarwal

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur - Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL)

Date Written: June 26, 2020

Abstract

The continuous pandemic of COVID-19, because of the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 has uncovered conspicuous holes in India's union laws. Missing a reasonably organized enactment to swear by, the Union government in March exhorted states to summon the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 to handle the pandemic in their dominion. The 123-year-old pilgrim law, be that as it may, doesn't characterize what a disease is, endemic, or a pandemic. Public Health (Prevention, Control, and Management of Epidemics, Bio-Terrorism, and Disasters) Bill had been drafted in 2017, proposed to supplant the old Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897. The Bill presently can't seem to be postponed in Parliament. This short requires the production of a sound lawful design to bargain more adequately with the outbreak of infectious disease, particularly pandemics of the range of COVID-19.

Keywords: pandemic, Epidemic Disease Act, Health

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Harshita, The Urgency for Improvisation of Existing Public Healthcare Law in the Battle against Pandemic (June 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636139 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636139

Harshita Agarwal (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur - Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL) ( email )

IIT Kharagpur
West Bengal
Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302
India

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