A day after the Centre advised Rajya Sabha that no demise resulting from lack of oxygen was reported from any state or union territory in the course of the second wave of the pandemic, opposition leaders hit again on the authorities saying there are many media reviews that paint an reverse image.
Criticising the federal government, Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain advised reporters, “After a number of days, they [the Centre] will quickly say that Covid-19 was by no means there. If there have been no deaths resulting from lack of oxygen, why had been hospitals going to the Excessive Court docket every single day concerning shortages? That is utterly false…Plenty of individuals died [of lack of oxygen]…The media was displaying reside that these deaths had been taking place, it was being printed in newspapers and it was true,” he stated, talking to reporters on Wednesday.
“We had fashioned an audit committee to compile full information of each demise brought on by lack of oxygen and to offer them compensation of Rs. 5 lakh, which the Central Authorities stopped via the Lieutenant-Governor. And I believe the rationale for this was in order that they might say later that there have been no deaths… Tomorrow they are going to say that there have been no deaths in Delhi and the nation due to Covid,” Jain added.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia stated on Wednesday that the Delhi authorities didn’t have any information concerning the deaths resulting from a scarcity of oxygen provide as a result of the Centre had not let it type a committee to look into the deaths of people that had died allegedly because of the lack of oxygen in April-Might.
“I’ve a whole bunch of messages from hospitals telling me in regards to the lack of oxygen and that if they don’t get shares, sufferers would die. Have been they mendacity?” stated Sisodia
Rajasthan Well being Minister Dr Raghu Sharma was quoted as saying by ANI, “There’s been a scarcity of oxygen. CM despatched three ministers to Delhi to demand a certain quantity of oxygen in the course of the scarcity. We would have liked 600 metric tons however we simply acquired 400. Our administration was good so we averted large mishaps.”
As reported by PTI, Sharma had on Tuesday stated that the Rajasthan authorities had managed to “management” the primary and second waves of coronavirus.
“Throughout 2nd wave, we made preparations whereas preventing pressures. We acquired the Centre’s assist and oxygen allocation was elevated. We facilitated oxygen in all hospitals. Congress doesn’t wish to assist individuals. They solely elevate points throughout Parliament,” Bihar Well being Minister Mangal Pandey stated, ANI reported.
As reported by The Indian Specific, amid oxygen scarcity the director of one of many state’s three devoted Covid services, the Nalanda Medical School and Hospital, had in April requested to be relieved of his tasks as there was a “disruption” in oxygen provide and he would have been held accountable if any sufferers died.
Tamil Nadu Well being Minister Ma Subramaniam and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Prabhuram Choudhary admitted that there have been oxygen shortages however stated that didn’t result in any demise. “There have been no deaths resulting from lack of oxygen. We had accomplished all preparations. CM facilitated oxygen via roads, railways and air. There have been certainly issues over oxygen provide, however the govt promptly made preparations,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Union Minister of State for Well being and Household Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar had on Tuesday advised the Rajya Sabha, “Detailed tips for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Well being Ministry to all states/UTs. Accordingly, all states/UTs report instances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry frequently. Nevertheless, no deaths resulting from lack of oxygen has been particularly reported by the states/UTs.”
(With company inputs)