Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Monday said that the quantity of oxygen distribution in the state has been increased and at present, oxygen is being supplied to all districts as per the requirement.
Now, after ensuring supply of oxygen in the hospitals, the State Government is trying to ensure that the facility of providing oxygen individually should also be made available to the patients as per the consultation of the doctor, said the Chief Minister while presiding over a review meeting in Palwal district.
Khattar on Monday visited four districts namely Rewari, Palwal, Nuh and Fatehabad to take stock of the health infrastructure and supply of medical oxygen.
He said that teams of officers have been formed in all the districts to ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen in all the hospitals.
He directed the officers concerned to continuously conduct the audit regarding availability of bed and oxygen in the districts.
Khattar said that the oxygen quota of the state has been enhanced. On April 22, the state's oxygen quota was enhanced from 156 MT to 162 MT, while this quota has been further enhanced to 257 MT.
Haryana Government has set up a state level control room to monitor oxygen supply in the state. Besides this, six PSA technology based plants are ready in Faridabad, Sonipat, Karnal, Ambala, Panchkula and Hisar. Out of these, production has started from Sonipat plant and production will start in 3-4 days at the remaining plants, he added.
The Chief Minister further said that after ensuring uninterrupted the supply of oxygen, the number of ventilators is now being increased and if the ventilator is not being used in some places, then such ventilators will be sent to the places where they are needed, so that more and more patients who require the ventilators can get the facility.
At Palwal, the Chief Minister directed that a health survey of every person should be conducted in rural areas. If in this survey it is found that a person is having COVID-19 symptoms, then the person should be advised to stay in home isolation immediately, to prevent the possibility of infection spread, he said.
In view of the increasing number of patients of COVID-19, all the health related services are going to be expanded further in Haryana. The number of oxygen beds and general beds is also being increased for the patients, he added.
Speaking on the lockdown decision, the Chief Minister said that it is the need of the hour to impose lockdown for a week.
We know that people have a problem with the decision of imposing lockdown, but to break the increasing COVID-19 infection chain, it had become necessary to impose the lockdown, the Chief Minister said.
In view of weeklong lockdown, he said that action should also be initiated against those who are hoarding the goods unnecessarily.
Khattar said that every possible effort should be made to control inflation in the districts.
The Chief Minister further said that in view of the present circumstances, the District Administrations should also keep an eye on the supply of essential commodities and medicines in the districts. Strict legal action should be taken against a person or shopkeeper who is found doing back marketing of the essential goods or is selling commodities at a rate higher than the prescribed rates.
At Nuh, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has decided to increase the oxygen quota of Nalhar Medical College, Nuh and after increasing the quota of oxygen, additional beds will also be arranged here.
He said that the government is constantly taking steps to ensure the availability of oxygen in the Medical College and for this, containers will also be arranged so that oxygen can be stored.
Apart from Hisar and Panipat, oxygen is being received from other states and the priority of the government is to ensure smooth and uninterrupted oxygen supply across the state. For this, empty tankers are being airlifted and filled oxygen tankers are reaching the state through special trains, he added.
He said that the medical arrangements in Haryana are being made as per the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and this is the reason that he is closely monitoring the situation and arrangements being made in all the medical colleges of Haryana.
Complaints of mismanagement
While the Chief Minister Manohar Lal has been visiting various districts to take stock of the health facilities, the people of the state continue to utilize social media platforms to seek help from private people and complain about mismanagement in the handling of COVID-19 operations.
Some of the grievances shared by the citizens on social media platforms include:
Absence of a helpline or grievance redressal system to register complaints against private hospitals and ambulances for overcharging
Helpline and contact number of nodal officers appointed to ensure oxygen supply in hospitals, civil surgeons and other senior officers remain unreachable or switched off most of the time.
No online update related to data of availability of beds, ICU beds etc in government and private hospitals of the state
Private hospitals asking patients to arrange their own oxygen supply and essential medicines like Remedisivir and Tociliqumab
Black marketing of essential drugs like Remedisivir and Tociliqumab continues in the state.