Manoj K Karia, Gandhinagar: As the state battles a surge in COVID and related fatalities, the state government’s rule that patients can be admitted to a government facility only if they are brought by 108 ambulances has come under severe criticism.
Even BJP members are opposing it. Former BJP corporator from Wadaj ward Hemakshu Patel has put up a severely critical Facebook post against the rule that has got both party leaders and workers rattled. It has also gained a lot of shares in social media.
In the post, he said that instead of flattery over useless posts, everyone should come forward to put a post that opposes the stubborn rule where 108 gets to decide when and where a patient is admitted. Such posts can perhaps help people.
He said if a united demand is made the government will be forced to pull back the rule. He said instead of putting up posts that massage people’s ego and are otherwise useless it is time to talk about real issues. He said most posts seem to be aimed at flattery to get a ticket.
He said the party has worked hard to reach where it is and it is necessary to maintain its pride. He urged people to put posts that would put an end to the weird 108 rule so that people can be helped.
Congress criticises 108 rule
Congress MLA from Danilimda Shailesh Parmar has also written to the chief minister Vijay Rupani urging him to do something about the deteriorating situation as COVID cases and fatalities surge across all districts.
He said that many patients were losing lives waiting for ambulances to show up and the rule that patients will only be admitted in hospital if they show up in ambulances need to go. He said the surge in cases in Ahmedabad had resulted in people having to wait long for 108 ambulances.
He said since patients are only admitted if they go in 108 ambulances the ambulances have to wait outside hospitals for long as a result they are not able to attend to other calls. He said the delay in the ambulance is as long as 24 hours and in cases, lack of ambulances has resulted in the death of patients.
He said patients who are serious when rushed to hospitals in private vehicles are denied admission and many succumb to their illness.
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