The Gujarat Congress on Monday attacked the government for its poor handling of the second wave of COVID. This comes at a time when overall cases in the state are on the decline but cases in rural areas that lack good health infrastructure are on the rise. It also demanded that Rs4 lakh be given as compensation for those who lost a loved one to COVID in the state.
GPCC chief Amit Chavda said people were struggling to access beds, oxygen, injections, and hospitals due to the poor management of COVID by the state government. He said this was particularly true in rural areas of the state that had seen a surge in cases.
He said it was the mismanagement that had pushed the COVID fatality in the state to such a high level and alleged that the state was hiding the actual COVID fatality numbers.
He asked the government to come up with a white paper on COVID fatalities irrespective of whether it happened due to the disease or co-morbidity while being treated for the disease.
Congress also asked for intensified testing and vaccination, particularly in rural areas. The party alleged that those who have got the first dose of the vaccine are struggling to get the second dose of the same. The party also called for a compensation of Rs4 lakh for the kith and kin of those who died due to COVID under the National Disaster Management Act.
The Congress has since the second wave of pandemic began repeatedly pointed to the poor handling of the situation by the state government. Many Congress leaders have criticised the government’s lackadaisical approach to the pandemic during the second wave.
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