Calling “unfortunate” remarks by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan that the Chhattisgarh government was spreading disinformation and panic about the COVID-19 vaccination, his state counterpart TS Singh Deo said on Wednesday that such remarks affected joint efforts in the fight against the pandemic.
The trade union health minister, while criticizing Maharashtra and some other states, said Wednesday of Chhattisgarh that the state leaders’ regular comments are aimed at spreading “disinformation and panic” about vaccination.
Mr Vardhan also said the Chhattisgarh had seen a disproportionately high number of deaths over the past two to three weeks and that state testing remained heavily dependent on rapid antigenic testing, which is not a wise strategy. .
Reacting strongly to his statement, Mr Singh Deo said: “This is very unfortunate and unexpected and not in the nature of Dr Harsh Vardhan that we have known. He certainly seems to have taken views very contrary to what we have known. he had expressed at yesterday’s meeting. “
He was referring to Tuesday’s discussion with the union’s health minister via video conference on the coronavirus situation.
“In his statement (Wednesday), the union’s health minister said that as long as the vaccine supply remains limited, there is no choice but to prioritize … When that is the situation, the Indian government should not say that there is no shortage of supply, ”he said.
“When the Center tells the people of the country that there is no shortage of vaccines and vaccines are not available at state vaccination centers, it is obvious that people are doubting the states,” a- he declared.
It’s not possible to move a joint effort forward in a coordinated fashion if the eldest in the family makes statements like these, he said.
Chhattisgarh is among the top four-five vaccinators (states) in the country by percentage, he said, adding that such a statement from the union’s health minister is completely incorrect.
Mr Singh Deo said the state has a stockpile of vaccines for the next three days and has been assured that the supply will continue (from the center).
Mr Singh Deo said the state has reduced its reliance on rapid antigenic testing for the coronavirus while RTPCR testing facilities are being expanded.
“A new RT-PCR test facility will start up in the next few days in Kanker Mahasamund, Korba and Baikunthpur (district of Korea) in the state, in addition to such facilities in the state,” he said. said.
The Indian government is also aware that we are planning to start RT-PCR testing laboratories in Jashpur, Dantewada, Janjgir-Champa, Balodabazar and Durg and has requested help from the centers to set one up, he added.
Mr Vardhan had himself said that the state did not need to do 100% RT-PCR testing, Mr Singh Deo said.