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Center states no death due to lack of oxygen but 629+ died gasping for O2

No deaths due to lack of oxygen were reported during the second Covid wave said the Center in a written response in the Rajya Sabha.

The Health Ministry’s statement that there was even a single death due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19 infections because the state governments did not document it sparked outrage all over India. Over 50 lakh Indians lost their lives to COVID-19  in the worst health crisis and the most tragic disaster seen since the partition of India.

The statement coming from the Center seemed very insensitive and minimizing the agonizing grief of millions of Indians who lost their loved ones.  India knows how COVID warriors and party workers too stayed up nights arranging for oxygen for dying patients and across 110 hospitals, patients did not have enough oxygen and did not die of COVID but rather gasping for air in their last moments.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said there have been many deaths due to oxygen shortage in Delhi and other places across the country and it was “completely false” to say no one died for want of the life-saving gas.

“If no deaths occurred due to oxygen shortage, why did hospitals move high court one after another every day? Hospitals had been saying that oxygen shortage led to deaths. The media, too, flagged this issue daily,” Jain informed reporters.

“Television channels and newspapers described how hospitals ran out of oxygen. It is completely false ad wrong to say that no one died due to oxygen shortage,” he said.

“There have been many deaths due to oxygen shortage in Delhi and many other places across the country. It was really sad and unfortunate,” Jain said.

The minister said the Center did not ask for data related to such deaths but the city government had tried ascertaining the number on its own by setting up the panel.

“The Delhi government had set up a committee to collect data on such deaths and give Rs 5 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased. But the Center got the panel disbanded through the Lieutenant Governor,” he claimed.

“Else, we would have got the exact data as to how many people died due to oxygen shortage in Delhi I think the Center disbanded the panel so that they could say no one died due to oxygen crisis,” the minister said.

“The Centre is rubbing salts into the wounds of those who have lost their loved ones Tomorrow, they will say there have been no deaths due to COVID-19,” he added.

Delhi in particular battled an intense lack of oxygen for around two weeks in April and May, as hospitals in the capital sent out desperate SOS calls to authorities to provide oxygen which was running out.  Several private healthcare facilities even requested the government to move out their patients from wards because there was no oxygen.  Loved ones were running all over the areas in search of oxygen and buying oxygen at exorbitantly high rates.

On April 23, around 20 critically ill COVID-19 patients had died at Jaipur Golden Hospital in northwest Delhi due to oxygen shortage.

Batra Hospital in Tughlakabad Institutional Area lost eight lives due to an oxygen shortage on May 1.

The central government on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that no deaths due to lack of oxygen were specifically reported by states and UTs during the second COVID-19 wave.

But there was an unparalleled surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave and it peaked at nearly 9,000 MT compared to 3,095 MT in the first wave following which the Center had to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the states, it said.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said there was a shortage of medical oxygen during the peak of the COVID-19 second wave.

“The central government has been running a cover-up since the very start of the pandemic. It is because of their flawed policy and implementation that the country had to endure an oxygen crisis during the toughest phase of the pandemic,” he had said.

The Delhi government “wanted to account for the reason behind deaths” during the pandemic, and had constituted a ‘Death Audit Committee’ to work towards that end, Sisodia said.

The central government, however, did not want their “fallacies to be unveiled so they did not let us go through with the committee as they knew what truth will come out in the open”, he alleged.

The Congress party came out strongly and criticized the Center for making that outrageously untrue statement that have hurt the sentiments of those who lost loved ones.
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They said, “The govt replied today that nobody in the country has died due to shortage of oxygen. In every state we saw how many patients died due to lack of oxygen. Actually Minister misled the house. We will move a Privilege Motion against him: Shri
@kcvenugopalmp

#OxygenShortageKilledUs

 

 

Can you believe PM Modi expected an “atmosphere of excitement” in the parliament after the nation has gone through its most devastating period in history.

Clearly, India’s pain is his gain.

 

 

Srivatsa
@srivatsayb
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8h
DEATHS DUE TO LACK OF OXYGEN

Small orange diamondKarnataka: 68
Small orange diamondGoa: 75
Small orange diamondGujarat: 82

These are from just 3 states. These are just the figures available in media.

But of-course Modi is best PM & Karnataka, Goa & Gujarat aren’t in India anymore!

Goebbels would be proud to be followed by Modiji

 

 

Randeep Singh Surjewala
@rssurjewala
TRUTH

Excess Death Data shows 49,00,000 (49 Lakh) Indians possibly lost lives in #COVID19 .

MODI GOVT’S FAKE NARRATIVE

No one died for lack of Oxygen.
All is well.

BUT….
THE NATION WILL NEVER FORGET !

 

 

No state/UT reported deaths of Covid-19 patients due to lack of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) during the second wave, the central government said on Tuesday.

The statement was in the form of a written response to a question raised by Congress MP KC Venugopal in the Rajya Sabha.

Venugopal had asked whether “it is a fact that a large number of Covid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen” in the second wave. He had also sought a response from the government on the total demand for oxygen by the states and LMO supplied to states during the last three months.

READ: Why India ran out of oxygen despite boosting capacity more than 125%

The government should state steps taken to ensure that there will be no shortage of oxygen in the country as experts are of the view that a large number of patients will require oxygen if a third wave of Covid-19 infections hits India, the Congress MP wrote.

In response, the Centre said that health is a “state subject” and it is the responsibility of states to report Covid-19 cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis.

“However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen has been specifically reported by states/UTs,” said the Health Ministry.

It is extremely unfortunate that the Center in trying to downplay the oxygen crisis to hide their incompetencies has denied COVID oxygen-related death of over 600 patients, while many more patients battled for their lives amid thousands of COVID warriors desperately searching for oxygen to save their lives.

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