Vadgam MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has written to the chief minister seeking an increase in number of Covid19 tests in the state. He has also asked that the number of beds to treat Covid19 patients be increased to help battle the rising number of cases in the state.
It should be noted that Gujarat has recorded close to 10,000 cases so far and is under a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the disease.
Mewani in his letter pointed out that even as the cases were increasing the number of tests being carried out was going down. He said on May 7 the number of tests conducted in the state for Covid19 was 5,559 which had come down to 3,843 on May 11. By May 14 the state is testing a mere 2,761 people, he added. He said it was shameful that the state was bringing down the number of tests and it was a matter of serious concern.
He alleged that the state was reducing the number of tests because it wanted to control the Covid19 cases being reported. He said this control was being done at the cost of the citizen’s life. He said he had come across personal cases where a Covid19 infected patient’s family members were not being tested despite requests for the same. He asked if such family members were to succumb to the disease in the absence of testing who was to be blamed? He alleged that the government was washing its hands of its responsibility in the name of herd immunity.