HC asks authorities to treat as representation plea on WHO guidelines for disinfectants

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Published: June 10, 2020 3:19 PM

It has been recommended to always use freshly prepared 1 per cent sodium hypochloride solution and wear appropriate PPE kit, while carrying out cleaning and disinfection work.

Even if a person is potentially exposed with the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered your body.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to treat as representation a plea seeking proper implementation of the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation on spraying disinfectants in public places, offices and on individuals. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, conducting the hearing via video conferencing, directed the concerned authorities to look into the representation while keeping in mind the WHO guidelines as also various circulars issued by the Centre and Delhi government.

The court disposed of Susheel Mahajan’ plea filed, through advocates N Pradeep Sharma and Harsh K Sharma, saying disinfectants are chemicals that destroy disease causing pathogens or harmful microorganisms and it is advised that their spraying on individuals or groups is not recommended under any circumstances as it is physically and psychologically harmful.

Even if a person is potentially exposed with the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered your body. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing/body in an effective manner.

Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting, the plea claimed. It said as that per the guidelines issued by WHO and Central government, 70 per cent alcohol can be used to wipe down surfaces where the use of bleach is not suitable.

It has been recommended to always use freshly prepared 1 per cent sodium hypochloride solution and wear appropriate PPE kit, while carrying out cleaning and disinfection work. It is also recommended, to wear disposable rubber boots, gloves (heavy duty), and a triple layer mask, which should be removed and discarded as damaged, after every use, to minimize the possibility of infection. The disinfectants are used to minimize the effect of infection, it said.

The petition sought direction to the authorities not to allow installation of any ultraviolet radiation tunnel at public places or offices or any other place in the interest of health of the citizens as direct exposure to such unmanned radiations is cancer generating. It further sought to direct the authorities not to allow any installation of any chemical chamber or tunnel at public places or offices or homes because the use of chemical tunnels is dangerous to human life.

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