March 20, 2023
NDTV Coronavirus

No deaths as a consequence of lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs: Centre (File)

New Delhi:

The Union well being ministry has stated the states haven’t offered any info on deaths of Covid sufferers in hospitals as a consequence of lack of oxygen. With quite a lot of deaths as a consequence of oxygen scarcity making headlines in the course of the second wave, particularly in Delhi, the matter drew sharp criticism from the opposition.

Health is a state topic and states and UTs often report the variety of instances and deaths to the Centre, junior well being minister Bharati Praveen Pawar had stated in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

“However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs,” added Ms Pawar, responding to the query on whether or not Covid sufferers died on roads and hospitals as a consequence of oxygen scarcity.

“This is a blind and unconcerned government. People have seen how many of their near and dear ones have died because of lack of oxygen,” stated KC Venugopal.

Mr Venugopal, who additionally requested the query on oxygen deaths, stated he would transfer a privilege movement in opposition to the minister “for giving false information”.

Even within the Lok Sabha in the present day, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya defended the federal government on the problem of excessive loss of life figures within the second wave and stated it’s states which are in control of registering and offering loss of life figures.

Concern over the deaths had been widespread with the virus ripping via the countryside this summer time.

Images of mass graves on the sandbanks of Ganga in north India, and hundreds of our bodies floating down the river, has created a notion that the true determine of deaths within the second wave won’t ever be recognized.
It is mistaken accountable the Union ministry over loss of life figures, stated Mr Mandaviya.

“Whom are you blaming? You are blaming the Indian government, you are blaming Modi Ji. Who does the registration? The states do. Who decides the count? The states do. They have to do the registration, they have to put in the numbers. Here, no one has asked them to stop. Modi Ji said that if there is a backlog put that as well. There is no reason to hide it,” he stated.

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