COVID-19: No oxygen supply crisis in MP, says Chouhan

COVID-19: No oxygen supply crisis in MP, says Chouhan

Bhopal, Apr 8 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday claimed that there was no
crisis of medical oxygen supply for coronavirus patients in
the state, and that efforts were on to tide over the shortage
of injections.

His statement comes amid allegations that shortage of
these things in the state is leading to the death of
coronavirus patients.

“There is no oxygen crisis. I talked to the Gujarat
government and the Centre. We are getting additional oxygen
from Bhilai. I had a word with Union Petroleum Minister
Dharmendra Pradhan. Tankers started coming today,” Chouhan
told reporters here.

“At the government level, we decided yesterday to buy
injections (remdesivir) which are in shortage. There is a
government procedure (to acquire them),” he said.

To ensure that there is no shortage of medicine, steps
would be taken, the chief minister added.

He made the statement after a report published in a
newsaper claimed that three patients in Sagar and one in
Khargone died for want of oxygen in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in a
strongly-worded release issued on Thursday evening said, “The
deaths reported due to the shortage of oxygen in different
districts in the last 24 hours were not natural but it
occurred due to the carelessness of the state government.”

“It is unfortunate that the chief minister is doing
farce of ”Swasthya Agrah” (health request which he did by
sitting in a tent for 24 hours beginning Tuesday noon and
asking people to adhere to coronavirus protocol), instead of
improving health facilities,” state CPI(M) secretary Jaswinder
Singh alleged.

While the second wave of coronavirus is more severe,
the state government, instead of improving health facilities,
indulged in spending money in publicity and hypocrisy, thereby
putting the lives of the people at risk, he added.

The CPI(M) also alleged that black-marketing of oxygen
was happening with the government”s patronage.

Singh said that CPI(M)demands that the government
should look into improving the health facilities. PTI LAL

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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