BJP Govt failed to tackle second wave of COVID-19: Bhalla



JAMMU: Never in living memory were Indian citizens more hapless. Never was there an absolute absence of hope. Never was India’s leadership more cruel and callous towards citizens. Despite having time to prepare for another wave of infections, BJP government focused on denial. It’s about time the government owns up to its mistakes instead of blaming others, said JKPCC Vice President and former Minister Raman Bhalla on Sunday after visiting PHC at Lower Gadigarh while expressing his serious resentment over BJP Govt’s failure to make Rs 5 crore PHC at Lower Gadigarh functional in more than seven years time when the building was fully completed years back.
Taking serious cognizance of COVID-19 crisis, Bhalla vociferously raised the issue before all concerned quarters from Divisional Commissioner to Commissioner Secretary Health department to make this PHC functional.
After some delay, Govt sanctioned Rs 50 lakh and put it disposal of Chief Secretary to make this functional but even after more than twenty days have gone by but nothing has been done in this regard which speaks volume of callousness of BJP Govt and its leadership under unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.
He said amid COVID-19 scare had the PHC made functional, it could have been converted into COVID-19 hospital much to the relief of locals.
He said BJP Govt did not release single penny to make this hospital functional resulting in utter disappointment among locals who have to move city hospitals for even ordinary ailments.
In this regard, he urged LG Administration to take care of this issue on priority and must take steps to make this PHC functional at the earliest.
Bhalla lashed out at J&K Administration and said Covid19 second wave crisis has exposed the fragile public care system under the present BJP governments at the Central and State. People have become helpless without any medical treatment for COVID-19.”
Blaming the government for mismanagement of hospital beds, Bhalla said there is also shortage of normal & ICU beds for COVID patients.
Criticizing J&K government for pushing patients towards private hospitals, Bhalla said “With government hospitals full, people are heading towards private hospitals for the treatment. Many are unable to afford the private hospital charges. I urge Lt. Governor to make Covid19 treatment free for all the patients referred to the private hospitals.”