Union Minister slams State govt. for poor vaccine administration; State Health Minister asks for enhanced provide of vaccines
The sparring between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Central authorities and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities continued, with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday slamming the MVA for “poor administration of vaccines”.
“Maharashtra Government had only used 23 lakh vaccines out of the total 54 lakh vaccines sent to the state, till 12th March. 56% vaccines remained unused. Now, Shiv Sena MP asks for more vaccines for the state. First mismanagement of pandemic now poor administration of vaccines,” tweeted Mr. Javadekar, who’s Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
In a pointy riposte to Mr. Javadekar’s remarks, senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Jayant Patil, who’s the State Water Resources Minister, mentioned that regardless of vaccines being manufactured by Indian corporations, the Centre was extra desperate to export them to international international locations, together with Pakistan, with out adequately addressing the wants at house.
“Despite the fact that the vaccines are manufactured by Indian firms [Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech], why is it that the Centre has been slow in vaccinating the people of this country who have helped vote the BJP to power? The Centre is sending vaccines abroad, giving it wholesale to countries including Pakistan. I guess one must appreciate the generosity of the Central government. It seems it is all right to them if Indians are bereft of vaccine doses and lag behind in vaccination,” mentioned Mr. Patil, in a droll rebuke.
On Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the Maharashtra authorities and admonished the MVA administration for “inadequate” contact-tracing efforts whereas urging that it should focus on strict and efficient containment methods and plan for a worst-case situation.
Meanwhile, stating that there was no must panic, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope mentioned that regardless of the rise in infections, the variety of fatalities in the State had gone down.
“Of the current active cases, only 5% are presently occupying oxygen beds in hospitals. Of these, a mere 3.8% are in the ICU. The case fatality rate in the State is declining. The virulence is less in the renewed surge,” mentioned Mr. Tope.
He mentioned that the authorities’s emphasis was on ramping up vaccination, and added that he had written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan that Maharashtra wanted 2.20 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Centre for the ongoing inoculation drive in the State, which translated to twenty lakh doses per week to the State.
“While I respect Mr. Javadekar, I have spoken to both Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Mr. Bhushan and informed them that Maharashtra only has 10 days’ vaccine stock left. We told them that as we are vaccinating more people daily, we would need at least 20 lakh doses per week,” Mr. Tope mentioned.
The Health Minister knowledgeable that so far, 33.65 lakh well being and frontline staff, and residents past the age of 60 in addition to these above 45 with co-morbidities, had been inoculated throughout 180 centres in the State.
“On Tuesday itself, we vaccinated as many as 2.32 lakh people. We propose to increase the daily target even more,” he mentioned.
With Maharashtra reporting a median every day spike of greater than 15,000 circumstances for the previous one week, the State’s lively case tally has shot as much as 1.40 lakh. The State contributes to almost 60% of India’s complete lively circumstances with eight of the 10 most-affected districts in India, together with Pune and Nagpur, in phrases of lively circumstances being from Maharashtra.