By D N Singh
Corona fear has been replaced by the crisis of oxygen. Pending outcome of the probe to find out the exact reason but, the news about deaths of 22 patients in a hospital in Nashik speaks volumes about the rattled medical preparedness in India.
But Two Aircrafts @16k Cr
In a country where two aircraft can be procured at a cost of Rs.16,000 crore for the use of some VVIPS in the country, India today is panting for oxygen when lakhs of people gasping for breath in hospitals!
It is just unbelievable and a paradox when compared with the billions of rupees blown on highly contagious electioneering exercises.
It happened when there was a leakage in an oxygen tanker leading to the stoppage of oxygen supply to the hospital which resulted in the death of 22 patients on ventilation!
Nation Gasping For Breath
Maybe that was an unfortunate accident as can be described now, but the fact is that the entire country is in crisis due to a shortage of oxygen supply which is an indispensable need for serious Covid patients in many parts of the country.
The warnings about the 2nd strain were sounded months back postulating the urgency to get our bearings in place to face the challenges.
Among which besides vaccinations the paramount need was the readiness with the supply of oxygen.
But since last quite some time, the entire political fraternity was breathing political fires in West Bengal and other poll-bound states. There couldn’t have been more shocking a departure by leaders from the basic problems required to be addressed.
Since the second spell of Covid struck India, the cries about the shortage of oxygen or uneven distribution of oxygen cylinders were heard from everywhere.
Abundance Of Assurances
And, thankfully, there was an abundance of assurances by leaders in television channels or in debates that, the panic being created over oxygen short supply was part of political commentaries only.
That is the net gain from politicking at this hour which points to astounding political attitudes.
It was learned that in many hospitals in Nasik itself there is a growing crisis of oxygen leading to crippling problems faced by doctors.
It is time when our political leaders got off the stupor of complacency and comforts and started to look beyond their noses.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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