New Delhi: When the second wave of Corona was at its peak, there was an outcry in the whole country. During that time, the biggest problem was due to lack of oxygen. Many lives were also lost due to lack of oxygen, but the government denied any such figures. The issue of lack of oxygen was recently raised in the Parliament as well. The opposition had fiercely surrounded the government on this issue.
After this, the Center demanded data from the states on such deaths. Now 13 states have sent the report to the central government. Of these, 12 states have also categorically denied that there was no death due to lack of oxygen in them. Maharashtra is also included in this. At the same time, only Punjab has admitted to four suspicious deaths.
Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, said, “When this question was raised in Parliament, the states were explicitly asked this question and according to the reports received so far, only one state has mentioned suspicious death and no other The state has not yet said that the deaths were due to lack of oxygen. ”
Which states sent data to the government
According to sources, 13 states and union territories including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab have responded. He said that only Punjab has said that there were four ‘suspect’ deaths due to lack of oxygen.
Official sources said that the Center had recently sought data from states and union territories on deaths due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19 earlier this year and collected this information at the end of the monsoon session on August 13. To be presented in Parliament before leaving.
The central government had said – we do not have the data, the states did not give information
On 20 July, when a question was asked in the Rajya Sabha whether a large number of Kovid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to lack of oxygen during the second wave, the Minister of State for Health, Bharti Praveen Pawar had said that State subject.
Pawar had said, “Detailed guidelines for reporting deaths have been issued by the Union Health Ministry to all states and union territories. Accordingly, states and union territories report cases and deaths on a regular basis. But according to the reports sent by the states and union territories, no death occurred due to lack of oxygen alone. ”