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‘Soon they will say Covid was never there’: Oppn leaders hit back at govt’s ‘no death due to lack of oxygen’ claim

A day after the Centre advised Rajya Sabha that no demise attributable to lack of oxygen was reported from any state or union territory through the second wave of the pandemic, opposition leaders hit again on the authorities saying there are many media stories that paint an reverse image.

Criticising the federal government, Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain advised reporters, “After a couple of days, they [the Centre] will quickly say that Covid-19 was by no means there. If there have been no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen, why had been hospitals going to the Excessive Courtroom daily concerning shortages? That is fully false…Plenty of folks died [of lack of oxygen]…The media was displaying dwell that these deaths had been occurring, it was being printed in newspapers and it was true,” he mentioned, chatting with reporters on Wednesday.

“We had shaped an audit committee to compile full information of each demise attributable to lack of oxygen and to present them compensation of Rs. 5 lakh, which the Central Authorities stopped via the Lieutenant-Governor. And I believe the explanation for this was in order that they may say later that there have been no deaths… Tomorrow they’ll say that there have been no deaths in Delhi and the nation due to Covid,” Jain added.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia mentioned on Wednesday that the Delhi authorities didn’t have any information concerning the deaths attributable to an absence 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 as a result of lack of oxygen in April-Could.

“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?” mentioned 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 amount of oxygen through the scarcity. We wanted 600 metric tons however we simply obtained 400. Our administration was good so we averted enormous mishaps.”

As reported by PTI, Sharma had on Tuesday mentioned 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 obtained the Centre’s assist and oxygen allocation was elevated. We facilitated oxygen in all hospitals. Congress doesn’t need to assist folks. They solely increase points throughout Parliament,” Bihar Well being Minister Mangal Pandey mentioned, ANI reported.

As reported by The Indian The Press Reporter, amid oxygen scarcity the director of one of many state’s three devoted Covid amenities, the Nalanda Medical Faculty 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 mentioned that didn’t result in any demise. “There have been no deaths attributable to 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 pointers for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Well being Ministry to all states/UTs. Accordingly, all states/UTs report circumstances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry regularly. Nevertheless, no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen has been particularly reported by the states/UTs.”

(With company inputs)

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