COVID-19 ‘catastrophe’ due to incompetent management: Prithviraj Chavan
He held the Centre “fully responsible” for the oxygen disaster and demanded, with out naming Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, that he be sacked instantly.
The “incompetent” management and “callousness” has pushed India to the current COVID-19 ‘catastrophe,’ senior Congress chief Prithviraj Chavan mentioned on Wednesday as he blamed the Centre for the scarcity of medical oxygen.
In a press release, the previous Union Minister held the Centre “fully responsible” for the oxygen disaster and demanded, with out naming Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, that he be sacked instantly.
Mr. Chavan additionally recalled the Union Health Secretary’s remarks made in a press convention on October 20 that India was in an “extremely comfortable position when it came to medical oxygen supply and that there was no shortage”.
Mr. Chavan mentioned the Health Secretary had acknowledged that the federal government was proactively planning to set up PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen producing crops in 390 hospitals throughout the nation.
The Health Secretary had additionally mentioned the Central authorities had initiated the import of 1 lakh MT (metric tonne) of liquid medical oxygen to handle the anticipated surge in COVID-19 instances, Mr. Chavan acknowledged.
“It is clear that the government miserably failed to act in time to ensure adequate supplies of oxygen, resulting in an unprecedented oxygen crisis,” the previous Maharashtra Chief Minister mentioned.
The senior Congress chief additionally mentioned that “desperate” calls had been being made each minute by hospitals and sufferers for medical oxygen.
Hospitals are refusing to admit sufferers and studies of sufferers dying due to the dearth of oxygen are pouring in from everywhere in the nation, he acknowledged.
“The government must answer how did the Ministry assume that we [the country] were in an extremely comfortable position when it comes to the supply of medical oxygen.
“Why prompt, effective action was not taken to import the planned one lakh MT liquid medical oxygen during the past five months?” Mr. Chavan requested.
He sought to know whether or not solely 33 out of the deliberate PSA oxygen turbines have been put in in hospitals thus far.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s self-proclaimed victory over the COVID-19 pandemic at the World Economic Forum had left the global community aghast, particularly as more than 50 countries have banned incoming flights from India. And now India is desperately asking for oxygen and other medical supplies from those countries,” Mr. Chavan mentioned.
He mentioned the individuals are paying an enormous worth for this “incompetent leadership”, which with complacency and callousness, has pushed India to this disaster.
Mr. Chavan additionally mentioned he was appalled by the April 26 assertion of the (Union) Home Ministry claiming sufficient availability of oxygen.
“It shows the government is still in a denial mode. Relatives of COVID-19 patients who have died due to lack of oxygen want answers. I demand that the Minister of health and others responsible for this tragedy be sacked immediately,” he demanded.