Lack of timely steps deepening J&K’s COVID-19 crisis: Bhalla



JAMMU: JKPCC Vice President and former Minister, Raman Bhalla on Sunday expressed deep concern over the high number of casualties, especially in Jammu, and urged for immediate measures to save the loss of lives.
He appealed Administration to address shortage of hospitals beds, medicine, ambulance services and other facilities and stressed the urgent need to address those on top priority.
This was observed by former Minister after visiting several vaccination centres in Jammu City.
He was accompanied by Satish Sharma Ex Chairman JMC, Jatin Vasishth, Sumnpreet Singh, Sonu Verma, Baldev Singh Wazir.
He asked the LG administration to upgrade the health infrastructure on a war footing as the situation is “extremely disappointing” and needs to be contained to avoid further loss of lives.
Bhalla urged Administration to reach out and be in touch with the patients in hospitals or home quarantine and provide them all possible help by way of medicines, food packets, masks or arranging oxygen cylinders from private outlets or any other required help to ensure timely relief to patients,” he said.
Expressing serious concern over surges in cases in rural areas, Bhalla suggested Govt to ensure COVID hospitals at RS Pura, Bishnah and Arnia to treat rural population there saying that this will decrease burden at City COVID hospitals.
In this regard he demanded to engage more health experts to save precious lives.
Slamming the government’s alleged lack of preparedness to deal with the COVID-19 second wave, Bhalla termed Govt’s vaccine strategy abject failure.
He said constructive suggestions from Medical Experts are being dismissed as politicization rather than being accepted in the spirit that the nation is in crisis, every single life matters and, therefore, “all of us must stand together and do whatever we can to save lives regardless of our politics. Why are free vaccines not being made available to 18-45 year olds?
The new variants are supposedly even more virulent and many young people are affected. And why is the government allowing middlemen into the equation without price controls?” he said. Govt see precious human life in terms of demand and supply.
He asserted that the Congress is firm in its commitment towards the people of India to remain constructive and supportive during this crisis. We have not and will not politicize this unprecedented human tragedy under any circumstances. We will, however, continue to push the government to act, we will continue to raise issues that need to be addressed urgently to save lives, they can label us in whichever terms they like,” he asserted.
We fully understand our responsibility towards our country .
Bhalla further said that that the Modi Government ignored experts’ advice and refused to strengthen the supply chains for oxygen, medicine, and ventilators. He lambasted BJP central government for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, “India is crippled by a political leadership today that has no empathy for the people. The Modi government has failed the people of our country”. Government failed to place sufficient orders for vaccines in time to meet the needs of our people. Instead, it consciously chose to allocate thousands of crores for non-essential projects that have nothing to do with the people’s well-being”.