Allegations of vaccine shortage utterly baseless – Dr Harshvardhan
In a Press Conference, the Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan lashed out at some State governments for not implementing Covid virus management properly. Pointedly referring to Maharashtra, the Minister said, “Inability of Maharashtra govt to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further. Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and State governments are being apprised regularly about it.”
“Allegations of vaccine shortage utterly baseless. Throughout last year as Union Health Minister, I’ve been witness to misgovernance and casual approach of Maharashtra Government in the battling virus. Their lackadaisical attitude singularly bogged down the country’s efforts to fight the virus,” thundered Dr Harshvardhan.
“Similarly, we’ve seen comments by leaders from Chhattisgarh that are intended to spread misinformation & panic on vaccination. It would be better if the state government focusses its energies on ramping up their health infrastructure rather than on petty politicking,” continued Mr Harshvardhan.
“Chhattisgarh Government refused to use Covaxin despite it being given Emergency Use Authorization by DCGI. Not only this, by its actions, leaders of the state govt have the dubious distinction of being perhaps only govt in the world to have incited vaccine hesitancy.”
“Many other states also need to bring their healthcare systems up to the mark. Quality of testing needs to improve in Karnataka, Rajasthan & Gujarat. In Punjab, high case fatality rate needs to be improved by early identification of those needing hospitalization,” Dr Harshvardhan added.
Except for Karnataka and Gujarat, all other states are run by the Opposition. Regardless, it is a health management issue and the fact that elections are being held in several states now makes it even more of a danger that the pandemic could get out of control Everyone must stay home, stay safe and interact only if it is a must.
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