The Gujarat Congress on Sunday attacked the BJP government over the lackadaisical approach with which the coronavirus pandemic is being dealt with in the state.
The criticism came after the basement of a Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC)-run hospital which was being used as a COVID-19 facility got flooded on Saturday night after water from an underground tank overflowed. The incident resulted in hardships for 65 patients who were availing treatment at the facility.
SMC officials, however, claimed that the issue was immediately resolved. The videos of the flooded facility have gone viral on social media platforms.
The civic body’s deputy commissioner (health) Dr Ashish Naik confirmed that there were 65 coronavirus positive patients at the COVID facility set up in the multi-level parking of SMIMER Hospital.
“Water from an underground tank overflowed and flooded the basement briefly. The water was flushed out and the issue resolved within half an hour,” Naik said.
Gujarat Congress president Amit Chavda shared the video and attacked the Vijay Rupani government over what he claimed was the “fake Gujarat model”.
Chavda also questioned state health minister Nitin Patel over preparations to contain the outbreak.
“See the condition of ward for patients of #COVID_19 in #BJP-ruled Surat Municipal Corporation hospital in @narendramodi’s #Fake_Gujarat_model. @vijayrupanibjp @Nitinbhai_Patel please tell us, was this your preparation to defeat #COVID_19?” he tweeted along with a 30-second video.
ये देखिये @narendramodi जी के #फेक_गुजरात_मोडल में #भाजपा शासित सूरत महानगरपालिका के अस्पताल में #Covid_19 के मरीजों के लिए बनाई गई वार्ड की हालत । @vijayrupanibjp @Nitinbhai_Patel जी बताए #Covid_19 को हराने के लिए आपने यही तैयारियां की थी? pic.twitter.com/CeApFVxqIs
— Amit Chavda (@AmitChavdaINC) June 28, 2020
Surat has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases recently, with the district reporting its highest single-day tally of 184 cases on Saturday, of which 174 were in SMC limits.