Updated: May 8, 2021 6:20:22 am
Lokendra Pratap Singh, BJP MLA from Mohamadi Assembly constituency in Lakhimpur Khiri, has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, stating that a crippling oxygen shortage has claimed many lives in the region that he represents in the House.
He joins several BJP legislators and leaders who have spoken out on the lack of critical medical supplies, especially oxygen, in their respective constituencies and areas, thereby rendering them unable to help the public.
In the letter, which has gone viral on social media, the MLA has detailed how badly the district of Lakhimpur Khiri has been affected the prevailing second wave of the pandemic. He stated that while Covid cases have been rising exponentially, he has helplessly watched people die for want of critical supplies. Singh wrote that he failed to save the lives of many social workers, journalists, politicians, teachers, government employees and lawyers, among others, despite being approached for help.
He wrote that the majority of Covid-19 deaths in his constituency has been due to shortage of medical oxygen, adding that across tehsil, community and primary health centres, oxygen is running scarce and people are dying because of it. He said all MLAs had demanded at least 10 oximeters each for their constituencies but it hasn’t been met yet.
Singh also defended his government’s response to the pandemic and stated that it has been doing its best to deal with the situation. He stated that the district administration is also working hard but is hamstrung because of oxygen shortage in the district.
Earlier, BJP’s Kanpur MP Satyadev Pachauri wrote to Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is in-charge of his district, pointing out that lives have been lost for want of timely treatment and requested that the government prepare for the outbreak of the third wave of coronavirus in advance.
Kanpur is among the districts reporting a large number of cases and deaths in the second wave. “In the prevailing Covid-19 wave, many people have died in Kanpur. Most could not receive treatment on time and died in ambulances outside hospitals or their houses.
“Many experts in the country and the world have predicted third wave in India and that it would be more severe than the second wave. In this scenario, being the minister in charge of Kanpur, please review the availability of health services, medical staff, paramedical staff, oxygen and medicines along with proper arrangement for vaccination so that the public does not have to face difficulties in third wave,” Pachauri wrote.
Asked about his letter, Pachauri told The Indian Express, “Yes, I have written to the deputy chief minister, who is also the minister in charge of Kanpur. While the things have been brought under control in the present wave, I have requested the government to prepare in advance for the third wave that is being talked about.”
Meanwhile, the government on Friday said that adequate oxygen supply was being arranged. It said the Union government has allotted 400 metric tonnes and big corporate houses such as Reliance and the Adani Group have also made oxygen tankers available for the state.
The government informed that for purchase of cyrogenic tankers, a global tender would be awarded by Saturday, adding that 89 tankers have been rushed to the districts. It said while community health centres are being provided with oxygen concentrators, districts are also being equipped with ventilators.
It said that on Thursday, 1,032 MT oxygen was distributed across the state while another 80 MT would reach UP from neighbouring Gujarat on Saturday.
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