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Ahmed Patel writes to Modi on COVID-19 situation in Bharuch

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Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ‘worrying’ COVID-19 situation in Bharuch and several other districts of Gujarat. 

The political advisor to Sonia Gandhi in a letter said if the right steps are not undertaken the pandemic will crush the health infrastructure of Gujarat. 

  

This, he said, will have a cascading impact on the lives of the people.

Concerns raised by Ahmed Patel

Patel said Gujarat needs to increase testing and set up testing centres across all districts.

“As the disease spreads to rural areas, it is important to ensure that people do not have to travel far to get tested, as it further risks the spread of the disease,” he said.

“In Bharuch, people are still struggling to get themselves tested close to their residence. As a result, only 9000 tests are being conducted,” said Patel in the letter.

He also asked for standard cremation guidelines and dedicated crematorium in every district.

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“It is important that crematoriums and burial grounds don’t become a source of spread of infection,” said Ahmed Patel.

“All COVID-19 hospitals should be equipped with correct protocols and ventilators and oxygen,” the letter said. 

Ensure facilities

He said he has got several representations from people in Bharuch about lack of facilities in COVID-19 hospitals. 

The MP also sought Modi’s intervention in preventing the black marketing of life-saving drugs. 

The leader said there were several instances of people being forced to buy the drugs at exorbitant prices.

“A team from the health ministry should visit Bharuch and other vulnerable districts to assess the situation,” the letter said. 

The death rate in Gujarat is still high. 

Patel said he wrote to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani a day after the Janta curfew to put in place a protocol but his advice went unheeded. 

Earlier, GPCC president Amit Chavda also alleged that the government was not revealing the actual COVID-19 statistics. He too said that the COVID-19 units in the state lacked adequate facilities.

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