Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday there was no medical oxygen supply crisis for coronavirus patients in the state and efforts were underway to remedy the shortage of injections.
His statement comes amid allegations that the state’s lack of oxygen supply is leading to the deaths of coronavirus patients.
“There is no oxygen crisis. I have spoken to the government of Gujarat and the center. We are receiving additional oxygen from Bhilai. I had a word with the Minister of Union Petroleum, Dharmendra Pradhan The tankers started arriving today, “Chouhan told reporters.
“At the government level, we decided yesterday to buy injections (Remdesivir) which are in short supply. There is a government procedure (to acquire them),” he said.
To ensure that there is no shortage of drugs, measures would be taken, added the chief minister.
He made the statement after a newspaper report claimed that three patients in Sagar and one in Khargone had died from lack of oxygen in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), in a strongly worded statement released Thursday evening, said: “The deaths reported due to lack of oxygen in different districts over the past 24 hours were unnatural, but they arose due to the negligence of the state government. “
“It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister is playing the ‘Swasthya Agrah’ (health claim he made by sitting in a tent for 24 hours from Tuesday noon and asking people to adhere to the coronavirus protocol), instead of improving health facilities, ”said CPI (M) Secretary of State Jaswinder Singh.
As the second wave of coronavirus gets more serious, the state government, instead of improving health facilities, has indulged in spending money on advertising and hypocrisy, putting the lives of people in danger, he added.
CPI (M) also alleged that the black marketing of oxygen was done with government patronage.
Mr Singh said the IPC (M) requires the government to look into improving health facilities.