Nagpur: 2 weeks ago an accident victim at GMCH was told to wait for almost 2 days to get ventilator beds. His relatives got exactly the same answer at another medical college, IGGMCH. Both the medical colleges had got about 90 ventilators under the PM Cares Fund. Officials have said that these ventilators are not being used at all because they have only basic functions, they stop suddenly, And no money was allocated in any way for their maintenance.
The former cabinet minister of this state, whose name is Anees Ahmed, Those whose relatives contacted have said that the young man had passed away after waiting for several days in a government hospital without any ventilator. Anees then later questioned the top administrators of IGGMCH and GMCH, who told them that ICUs were also filling up due to the resumption of routine treatment and an increase in emergency cases.
As a result of which there was a severe shortage of ventilators.
After the death of this young man, the former minister of Congress party has also sent a letter to the Union Health Ministry, Prime Minister’s Office, and President regarding the bad ventilator.
Anticipated Third Wave
Anees has said that no information can be sought in any way regarding the use of funds or purchases. Because PM Cares Fund is completely outside the purview of the RTI Act.
He also stated that amid the much-needed fear of the Omicron variant and an anticipated third wave of it, It is shocking to see the apathy of some government officials regarding ventilators in government hospitals. Although the number of covid patients is decreasing very much, But ventilators and ICU beds are seen full in government hospitals. And in the absence of ventilators, patients are also dying. Ventilators received in IGMCH and GMCH under PM’s Cares Fund are getting deteriorating. And suddenly closed, Due to which the supply of oxygen is also getting interrupted.
Officials of IGGMCH have said that they have around 270 ventilators, Out of which PM is found under Cares Fund.
He has also said that India has never manufactured ventilators before. Because of this the setting of these ventilators was very primitive. At the time when the patients were less, then these ventilators were kept separate because they were very primitive because advanced imported ventilators were also available. Instead of not working these ventilators are lying idle. But it is true that some machines are not working at all because funds are not available for maintenance. And due to the paucity of funds, Annual Maintenance (AMC) for many machines is pending.