Oxygen shortage in second wave: Union Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya lashed out at opposition for playing politics over the oxygen shortage in second wave of Covid-19 and told them to focus instead on ramping up production now.
The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said through public-private investment model can be replicated to revamp the country’s health sector.
Sisodia accused the Centre of not showing seriousness towards the oxygen crisis which happened during the second wave.
Several trucks had been stuck at the Assam-Mizoram border since July 26 due to a blockade following a border dispute flare-up that left six Assam police officers dead.
At the height of the second COVID-19 wave in the months of March, April, and May 2021, social media was consumed by stories and images of desperate patients gasping for breath and their wailing attendants outside hospitals in nearly every part of the country.
In a written reply, the minister said, 'At no point in time, the oxygen supplies at GMCH ran out of stock and thus, no death has been reported to have (been) caused due to non-supply of oxygen.'
'There are no deaths in the state due to shortage of medical oxygen. Such deaths may have occurred in other states', said Rajesh Tope
The govt statement has shocked the medical fraternity because it is far away from the reality
Guidance for the appropriate recording of COVID-19 related deaths in India categorically mentions that Asphyxia, Respiratory arrest/Failure, and Respiratory Failure among others cannot be mentioned as a cause of death
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government "wanted to account for the reason behind deaths" during the pandemic and had constituted a "Death Audit Committee", but the centre rejected the plan.
No matter what the govt says, the oxygen crisis claimed lives. Denying it means we have not learnt lessons.
'It is completely false to say that no one died due to oxygen shortage. There have been many deaths due to oxygen shortage in Delhi and many other places across the country,' said Satyendar Jain
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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