STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: National Conference today sought establishment of well oxygenated 100 bed-hospitals by the Defence and Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in the non-GMC districts of Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the spread of COVID in the semi-urban and rural areas.
In a statement, State Secretary and former MLC Rattan Lal Gupta the situation is worsening with each passing day and there seems to be no let up in view of deficiency of beds and supply of oxygen. He lauded the efforts of the DRDO in expediting the establishment of 500 bedded Hospital in Bhagwati Nagar Jammu but regretted over the attempts of the BJP in deriving political capital out of it. What is the motivation of the BJP leaders behind visiting the site, he asked, adding that when in power they ditched the Jammu division by compromising on the crucial health sector. At this juncture, baking breads on dead bodies speaks volumes about the political bankruptcy of the BJP, he lamented.
Gupta said that at this critical juncture we don’t want to politicize the issues but also can’t be mute spectators as well. Instead of making tall claims the administration must come out with a blueprint about measures taken for combating pandemic. The Jammu people need answers about lackadaisical approach adopted in setting up of Oxygen Generating Plants and designating more hospitals to meet the exigencies, he said. Gupta also expressed concern over scarce availability of oxygen especially in far-off places and referred to the grim situation in Kishtwar and other areas where patients are virtually grappling with the death due to administrative apathy. He sought mobilization of all resources in putting the health sector on rails to instill confidence among panic ridden people. The State Secretary reiterated his demand for a probe into delay in the setting up of oxygen generation plants across the Jammu Province, saying the hollow statements would not minimize the enormity of the negligence. He also sought adding up in the bed strength for patients in view of surge in the COVID cases.
Gupta saluted the frontline warriors including doctors, paramedics and other staff and organisations in braving the situation despite various odds for saving human lives.