Updated: April 10, 2021 10:20:56 pm
To address the shortage of ventilators in medical facilities in Maharashtra, the Union government has arranged for 1,121 ventilators that will be provided to the state by Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.
Javadekar, a Pune resident, participated in the weekly Covid-19 review meeting along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday.
“I spoke to the ministers concerned with the matter, and it has been decided that Maharashtra will be provided 1,121 ventilators in the next few days. Of these, 700 ventilators will come from Gujarat and 421 from Andhra Pradesh,” said Javadekar.
“The policy is to provide relief where the problem is most serious. At the moment, about 30 central teams are in Maharashtra to review the Covid-19 situation in various districts and to provide inputs and expert opinion,” said Javadekar.
The Union minister said funds from National Health Mission will also be provided to the state so that it could hire the manpower required for testing, tracking and treatment to contain the spread of the virus.
He said that to break the chain of transmission, it was important that Pune residents followed restrictions imposed on movement and gatherings in public places.
Considering the possibility of a shortage of medical oxygen in the state, the central government will also assist in getting oxygen supply from industrial plants in other states, said Javadekar.
When asked about the claims and counterclaims being made about the supply of vaccines to Maharashtra, Javadekar said he would not indulge in any politicking at this juncture, but pointed out that Maharashtra has been supplied 1.10 crore vaccines so far and about 95 lakh of those been used.
“Only three states have been provided more than 1 crore vaccines… Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Maharashtra, about 15.63 lakh vaccines are in stock. The vaccine needs to be distributed properly. I have spoken to (Chief Secretary) Sitaram Kunte in this regard. If proper distribution happens, you won’t see, ‘vaccine not available’ boards anywhere,” said Javadekar.
Pune district currently has 1,097 hospital beds with ventilators. Of these, only 44 were vacant on Saturday evening, with most available beds in rural parts of the district. In Pune city jurisdiction, all the 543 ventilator beds were occupied while in Pimpri-Chinchwad limits, only four out of 249 ventilator-equipped beds were vacant.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.