A central workforce is visiting Bihar as we speak to entry the state’s coronavirus preparedness amid the pandemic. The go to by the three-member workforce led by Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal comes amid allegations of poor dealing with of the COVID-19 state of affairs by the Nitish Kumar authorities. The state reported over 1,700 instances on Saturday.
A number of movies have been circulating on social media during which individuals are complaining about insufficient amenities and negligence at state-run hospitals.
In Katihar, a affected person reportedly died at a hospital after the hospital employees failed to supply him oxygen cylinder.
RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav — who has been attacking Nitish Kumar over the dealing with of the disaster — as we speak shared a video of individuals complaining concerning the lack of docs and nurses at a hospital in Siwan. A lady is seen mendacity unattended at a hospital mattress as her attendants name for assist.
“There isn’t any physician to take care of us. They only got here, gave injection and left,” a voice within the background is heard saying within the video. Nearly all of the beds within the ward have been empty.
Siwan is the hometown of state Well being Minister Mangal Pandey.
Mr Yadav has beforehand accused the Chief Minister for “enjoying havoc with the lives of 12.6 crore Biharis” and accused him of valuing his picture over the lives of individuals within the state. “Bihar is heading in direction of turning into a worldwide hotspot of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the RJD chief stated on Saturday, accusing the federal government of over the “low” variety of checks being performed.
“Nitishji is enjoying havoc with the lives of 12.6 crores Biharis. To keep away from dangerous press, he’s suppressing knowledge. Is your picture extra necessary than the lives of our folks, Mr Chief Minister,” he stated, warning lakhs of individuals would die if low testing ranges proceed.
In keeping with the Bihar authorities’s newest figures, 24,967 folks have examined constructive for the virus as on July 17. Samples of 10,502 folks have been collected over the last 24 hours, it stated. The state additionally reported a restoration fee of 63.17 per cent.
However Mr Yadav, the chief of opposition within the state legislative meeting, has claimed that state required to conduct 30,000-35,000 checks a day given the scale and inhabitants of Bihar.
If the required variety of checks are performed, 4,000- 5,000 instances can be detected day-after-day, thus placing the state on the high within the nation when it comes to the unfold of coronavirus, he claimed.
The Bihar authorities has nevertheless refuted the allegations of levelled by Tejashwi Yadav.
“Corona is a pandemic and other people of Bihar is aware of that it’s a troublesome state of affairs. The state authorities is delicate to the difficulty (COVID-19) and is taking all measures to curb the an infection. The docs and well being staff are placing their lives in danger to avoid wasting folks. However you (Tejashwi) cannot see it,” Bihar Minister and JDU chief Neeraj Kumar was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
Nevertheless, it isn’t simply the Opposition that has questioned Nitish Kumar’s response to the disaster.
On Saturday, the Lok Janshakti Occasion, which is a part of alliance in Bihar, welcomed the centre’s choice to ship a workforce to assessment the COVID-19 state of affairs in Bihar.
“The spiralling coronavirus instances in Bihar would possibly quickly result in an explosive state of affairs and has turn out to be a matter of concern for the folks of the state. Protecting in view the circumstances, the Central Authorities has determined to ship a workforce to Bihar in order that the state of affairs may be introduced below management,” tweeted Mr Paswan.
The tweets by the LJP’s younger nationwide president got here simply hours after opposition chief Tejashwi Yadav referred to as the central workforce’s go to as proof that the “Nitish Kumar authorities is manipulating COVID-19 numbers” within the state.