KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has quashed government’s appeal to review its order to the Ministry of Health for carrying out free tests and treatment of Covid-19 in government-owned health facilities.

A full bench of justices Hari Krishna Karki, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Purushottam Bhandari took the decision that the review petition placed by the Ministry of Health and Population would not be taken forward.

The apex court, on October 1, had ordered that the government carry out PCR tests and treatment of Covid patients free of cost. The verdict was delivered by a division bench of justices Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Tanka Bahadur Moktan. Supreme Court observed that COVID-19 was an infectious disease and as per legal provisions, everybody had the right to free diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

In response to this, the government had filed an appeal for a review of this decision through the Office of the Attorney General.

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