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July 28, 2021

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No deaths due to lack of oxygen reported by states/UTs during COVID-19 second wave: Centre

No deaths attributable to lack of oxygen reported by states/UTs throughout COVID-19 second wave: Centre | Information

New Delhi: The Central authorities on Tuesday knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha that no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen has been particularly reported by states/Union territories in the course of the second wave of COVID-19.
Responding to a query by Congress MP KC Venugopal on whether or not numerous COVID-19 sufferers died on roads and hospitals attributable to acute scarcity of oxygen within the second wave, Minister of State for Well being Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar identified that well being is a state topic and accordingly all states/UTs report circumstances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry regularly.
In a written reply, she said that the Authorities of India has supported the States and undertook a sequence of actions together with provisioning medical oxygen.
“Well being is a State topic. Detailed tips for reporting of deaths have been issued by Union Well being Ministry to all states/UTs. Accordingly, all states/UTs report circumstances and deaths to Union Well being Ministry regularly. Nonetheless, no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen has been particularly reported by states/UTs. Nonetheless, Authorities of India has supported the States and undertook a sequence of actions together with provisioning medical oxygen, and different consumables to make sure medical care of COVID-19 sufferers in view of steep rise of COVID-19 trajectory within the nation throughout April- Could 2021,” learn the reply.
Dr Pawar highlighted that the medical oxygen demand within the nation in the course of the second wave peaked to almost 9000 Metric Tonnes (MT) as in comparison with 3095 MT in the course of the first wave.
“The availability of medical oxygen to hospitals is set by contractual preparations between the involved hospital and the medical oxygen provider. Nonetheless, attributable to unprecedented surge in demand of medical oxygen in the course of the second wave – the demand within the nation peaked to almost 9000 MT as in comparison with 3095 MT in the course of the first wave – the Central Authorities needed to step in to facilitate equitable distribution to the States. A dynamic and clear framework for allocation of medical oxygen in session with States/UTs and all of the stakeholders reminiscent of related Ministries, producers/suppliers of liquid oxygen and many others. was ready,” she said.
Responding to a different query, the Union Minister stated that there aren’t any studies of concealing of demise by the State/UT authorities.
“There aren’t any studies of concealing of demise by the State/UT authorities. Nonetheless, a few of states primarily based on reconciliation of mortality knowledge have revised their figures. Such states have been suggested to reconcile their knowledge appropriately by way of dates and districts in order to get appropriate image of the pandemic,” Dr Pawar said.
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