Govt has no strategy to fight Covid even as peak nears: Akhilesh

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Govt has no strategy to fight Covid even as peak nears: Akhilesh

Thursday, 13 August 2020 | PNS | Lucknow



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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the state government was clueless and did not have a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic even as cases were peaking in Lucknow and other major towns. 
Taking a jibe at the government’s work efficiency, Akhilesh Yadav said that the chief minister had instructed several times that beds be increased in hospitals but officials were not heeding.
In a statement issued in Lucknow on Wednesday, the SP chief  said that coronavirus infection was rapidly spreading in the state and the situation was deteriorating in Lucknow.
“The state government is yet to chalk out an effective strategy to contain the pandemic spread. Even major government hospitals of Lucknow have a large number of beds but very few have been reserved for COVID-19 patients, resulting in low utilisation of infrastructure. On Tuesday, the state capital recorded 831 new patients,” the SP chief said.
Akhilesh Yadav further pointed out, “The number of beds available in Covid hospitals are far too low as compared to the number of infected patients. This has resulted in pressure mounting on these hospitals after which the government is pressuring private hospitals and medical colleges to admit patients.”
The SP chief pointed out that more than 1.31 lakh COVID-19 patients had been detected in the state and out of them, 2,176 had died.
“There are only 22 countries where there are more patients than UP. Ministers, MLAs, officials, everyone has been infected by the virus. Even a year-old girl lost her fight against coronavirus in Lucknow,” he said.
Akhilesh alleged that hospitals in Lucknow were not fulfilling their responsibilities and government instructions were being disregarded due to which a large number of patients were not getting proper medicare.
“Private hospitals in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and other big cities have stood shoulder to shoulder with the local governments in this global fight, thereby benefiting patients,” the SP chief said.
He said that there was a crisis also because the Bharatiya Janata Party government did not pay attention towards improving health services in its regime. 

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