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Why couldn’t mask fine be used to boost health infra for COVID? Shankersinh Vaghela asks Gujarat government

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Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela has questioned the Vijay Rupani government over the shortage of hospital beds in the state as it battles COVID.

It also said that why could a government that earned crores by penalizing people for not wearing a mask use the same money to set up health infrastructure to battle the pandemic.

Highlighting the poor state of health infrastructure in Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela in a tweet said 20 of the 33 districts in the state did not have a CT scan facility.

He said a CT scan machine costs about Rs1.2 crore and that the Gujarat government has collected Rs168 crore by penalizing people for not wearing masks. He said why part of the fine collected was not used to get CT scan machines in all districts.

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He said the shortage of injections, oxygen, and beds pointed to the shortcoming of the health infrastructure in the state even as people struggle to save their loved ones.

COVID numbers that prompted Shankersinh Vaghela’s outburst

COVID cases in Gujarat touched 8,920 new infections per day on Friday, the highest since the pandemic began. In all 3,387 patients were discharged during the same period. Ninety-four deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.

Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 25 and 24 cases respectively while eight cases each were recording in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot. Rajkot district, Morbi, and Surendranagar recorded five, four, and three cases respectively.

Dangs, Jamnagar district, Jamnagar Corporation, Sabarkantha, and Surat district saw two fatalities each. One death each was recorded in Ahmedabad, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Panchmahals, Vadodara, and Valsad.

 

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