'No death due to oxygen shortage', Health Min alleges that GOI has deliberately mislead the Parliament without checking with states

'No death due to oxygen shortage', Health Min alleges that GOI has deliberately mislead the Parliament without checking with states

Raipur: Chhattisgarh health minister TS Singh Deo has said that central government has deliberately mislead the Parliament without checking with states regarding no deaths being reported during the second wave due to lack of oxygen.

“When GOI says "no one died due to lack of Oxygen during 2nd wave", they probably are referring to Chhattisgarh - a state with surplus O2. However, it's also a fact that in states like Delhi & UP people did die due to lack of oxygen and those gory visuals can't be forgotten”, the minister wrote in his tweet.

He added that Taking note of constant warnings and suggestions from Rahul Gandhi, Chhattisgarh was one of the primary states which maintained surplus oxygen during the COVID crisis. The O2 production capacity of CG is 388.87MT while the peak consumption reported was 180MT on April 26th.

“Still, keeping an open mind about any unnoticed or isolated event we are exploring options to conduct an audit to track any such incident in CG. Transparency is core of a democratically elected Govt and we shall follow Congress’s commitment towards transparency”, the tweet said.

The minister further wrote that we’re expanding our public audit to get all information on any death in hospitals or outside due to lack of O2 during 2nd wave of Covid. “I request NGOs, members of civil society and journalists of CG to bring any such past event to our notice for the betterment of state”, he said.

He has urged the central government to conduct a similar audit writing in his tweet that “We urge GOI to conduct similar audit to get record of such occurrences & develop a robust plan to avoid any future tragedies. In my opinion, a few changes enforced on ICMR portal can provide important data which can be utilized for any further preparations”.

The minister wrote that “The Central Govt has never sought data on deaths due to lack of Oxygen from states. They ask for: Number of deaths on a day, Deaths with Comorbidity, Deaths without Comorbidity, Type of Comorbidity. GOI deliberately MISLEAD THE PARLIAMENT without checking with states”.

Meanwhile, reacting on the statement of central government, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said it is unfortunate that when questions come up in the Lok Sabha, information is sought from every state. The whole country knows how people died due to lack of oxygen in Delhi. Despite this, it is not only ridiculous to make such a statement, but it is irresponsible.