A central group is visiting Bihar today to entry the state’s coronavirus preparedness amid the pandemic. The go to by the three-member group led by Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal comes amid allegations of poor dealing with of the COVID-19 scenario by the Nitish Kumar authorities. The state reported over 1,700 instances on Saturday.
A number of movies have been circulating on social media during which persons are complaining about insufficient services and negligence at state-run hospitals.
In Katihar, a affected person reportedly died at a hospital after the hospital employees failed to offer him oxygen cylinder.
RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav — who has been attacking Nitish Kumar over the dealing with of the disaster — today shared a video of individuals complaining concerning the lack of docs and nurses at a hospital in Siwan. A lady is seen mendacity unattended at a hospital mattress as her attendants name for assist.
“There isn’t any physician to take care of us. They only got here, gave injection and left,” a voice within the background is heard saying within the video. Virtually all of the beds within the ward have been empty.
Siwan is the hometown of state Well being Minister Mangal Pandey.
Mr Yadav has beforehand accused the Chief Minister for “playing havoc with the lives of 12.6 crore Biharis” and accused him of valuing his picture over the lives of individuals within the state. “Bihar is heading in direction of turning into a worldwide hotspot of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the RJD chief mentioned on Saturday, accusing the federal government of over the “low” variety of checks being carried out.
“Nitishji is taking part in havoc with the lives of 12.6 crores Biharis. To keep away from unhealthy press, he’s suppressing information. Is your picture more vital than the lives of our individuals, Mr Chief Minister,” he mentioned, warning lakhs of individuals would die if low testing ranges proceed.
In keeping with the Bihar authorities’s newest figures, 24,967 individuals have examined optimistic for the virus as on July 17. Samples of 10,502 individuals have been collected over the past 24 hours, it mentioned. The state additionally reported a restoration fee of 63.17 per cent.
However Mr Yadav, the chief of opposition within the state legislative meeting, has claimed that state required to conduct 30,000-35,000 checks a day given the dimensions and inhabitants of Bihar.
If the required variety of checks are carried out, 4,000- 5,000 instances could be detected each day, thus placing the state on the high within the nation by way of the unfold of coronavirus, he claimed.
The Bihar authorities has nonetheless refuted the allegations of levelled by Tejashwi Yadav.
“Corona is a pandemic and other people of Bihar is aware of that it’s a troublesome scenario. The state authorities is delicate to the difficulty (COVID-19) and is taking all measures to curb the an infection. The docs and well being employees are placing their lives in danger to avoid wasting individuals. However you (Tejashwi) cannot see it,” Bihar Minister and JDU chief Neeraj Kumar was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
Nonetheless, it isn’t simply the Opposition that has questioned Nitish Kumar’s response to the disaster.
On Saturday, the Lok Janshakti Party, which is a part of alliance in Bihar, welcomed the centre’s determination to ship a group to overview the COVID-19 scenario in Bihar.
“The spiralling coronavirus instances in Bihar may quickly result in an explosive scenario and has turn out to be a matter of concern for the individuals of the state. Holding in view the circumstances, the Central Authorities has determined to ship a group to Bihar in order that the scenario could be introduced underneath management,” tweeted Mr Paswan.
The tweets by the LJP’s younger nationwide president got here simply hours after opposition chief Tejashwi Yadav known as the central group’s go to as proof that the “Nitish Kumar authorities is manipulating COVID-19 numbers” within the state.