Opinion | COVID pandemic in Maharashtra is alarming


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Opinion | COVID pandemic in Maharashtra is alarming

In my present ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Friday evening, I confirmed a viral video of Om Prakash Shete, who was once OSD to former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, describing the plight of Covid-19 victims within the state. At one level, Shete broke down saying “I really feel very dangerous, can not sleep at instances. The frequent man is unable to avoid wasting himself from COVID. We have now served 17 lakh, folks, until now, however nonetheless, persons are dying. Each day 600 folks die. I really feel exhausted after replying to umpteen variety of requests from folks for help. Many individuals are dying. It’s my request to the courtroom to take away this technical error.”

What’s a technical error? When Fadnavis was chief minister, there was a medical help cell within the Chief Minister’s Workplace. Poor individuals who have been unable to get expensive medical therapy used to ship functions and monetary help was launched to them from the Chief Minister’s Aid Fund. 

Shete was the person who used to clear these functions. When Uddhav Thackeray grew to become the CM, he discontinued launch of medical help from the Chief Minister’s Aid Fund. Hundreds of poor folks, who wanted help for therapy of COVID, at the moment are dying as a result of Shete is helpless. That is one main purpose why the COVID loss of life toll in Maharashtra is excessive. 

It was this viral video which the Bombay Excessive Court docket bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni referred to whereas disposing of an software for opening up a spot of non secular worship. 

The Chief Justice mentioned, “we will simply say that the scenario is alarming particularly if we have a look at the numbers, that are rising each day. We have now acquired quite a few messages stating that the scenario in Maharashtra is admittedly dangerous.”

Referring to Om Prakash Shete’s video that was despatched to the courtroom by way of WhatsApp, the Chief Justice mentioned, “if the contents of this video are genuine and true, then we predict one thing must be achieved on the earliest…however for that you simply (Advocate Normal) have to confirm the authenticity of this video and confirm if this man is certainly the officer of the Chief Minister’s Medical Help Cell.”

Maharashtra accounts for practically 20 per cent of the whole variety of COVID circumstances in India. Out of 58.2 lakh COVID circumstances in India, Maharashtra accounts for 12.6 lakh. 

Out of those, 9.56 lakh folks recovered in Maharashtra. Out of 92,290 COVID associated deaths in India, Maharashtra accounts for 33,886 deaths. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka come second, third and fourth respectively within the COVID checklist. 

Mumbai has been the Corona hotspot because the starting, and there was a constant rise within the variety of COVID circumstances. Social distancing norms are nonetheless being ignored in Mumbai and different cities of Maharashtra. 

We have now visuals of crowds inside Mumbai’s suburban trains comparable to those who we used to see in pre-pandemic days. A lot of the commuters don’t put on masks, they usually jostle each other with a view to achieve a foothold contained in the practice coach.

Officers argued that because it rained closely on Thursday, fewer suburban trains ran due to which there have been enormous crowds of commuters. However the truth stays that even when the climate was regular on Friday, comparable crowds have been seen in suburban trains. 

Commuters have been saying on digicam that they’d face extra crowds in the event that they travelled in buses. 

Maharashtra authorities must pay extra consideration to arrest the unfold of COVID pandemic, each in Mumbai and within the hinterland. On Friday, 21,029 new COVID circumstances have been reported from Maharashtra. 

In his video assembly with Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested him to give attention to these 20 districts the place the pandemic is spreading.

In all, there are 60 districts in India which account for practically 80 per cent of COVID circumstances. Uddhav Thackeray had promised the PM that his authorities would put in its greatest to manage the unfold of the pandemic. 

However Thackeray is going through a Himalayan problem. The place is the infrastructure? The place are the hospitals, the place are the oxygen cylinders and the place are the medical doctors and healthcare employees wanted to deal with the pandemic? 

Above all, why is the infrastructure that was created in March and April to deal with Corona not getting used? The identical scenario is prevalent in Nagpur. COVID sufferers are going through a scarcity of hospital beds, there may be an insufficient variety of oxygen cylinders, and above all, there may be an acute shortage of medical doctors and healthcare employees. 

I do know for a proven fact that 5 buildings in Nagpur have been transformed right into a COVID hospital. It was geared up with beds, oxygen cylinders and medical gear. However this COVID hospital is now locked. Native officers say there may be lack of medical doctors and para-medical employees, due to which this hospital has been locked. Uddhav Thackeray wants to repair all such loopholes, on a warfare footing.

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