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COVID-19: Mismanagement in Maharashtra

India, nowadays is going through tough situations due to the second surge of COVID-19. We are witnessing a surge in cases on a daily basis. In the past week, India has reported 5,078 deaths of which the highest were in Maharashtra that is 2,109 deaths. During the first surge also the state had contributed to a heavy number of death cases due to COVID-19.

To tackle the conditions Maharashtra government had taken certain actions. On April 8th government had announced a ‘strict weekend lockdown’ from April 9th that is on Friday from 8 PM and be in place till 7 AM on Monday. The government had also enforced a night curfew in the state from 8 PM to 7 AM daily when only essential services could function.

The state of Maharashtra is seeing an increase in coronavirus infections because the residents are not following safety protocols, said Sanjeev Sinha, a professor at the department of medicine in New Delhi’s AIIMS to news agency ANI.

On April 5th2021, Monday after Maharashtra CM wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to allow the Covid-19 vaccination of all people above the age of 25 years in the state. Giving reason for this Maharashtra CM said that this will protect the young people from the rapid spread of Covid-19 at a time when they are stepping outside their homes to earn a livelihood. Amidst all this Centre vs state altercation over Covid vaccine doses, one more round of allegation was raised on April 8th, 2021, Thursday. Maharashtra state health minister Rajesh Tope claimed that Gujarat, which has less population than Maharashtra has been provided a much larger stock of vaccines by the Centre. Tope also questioned the Modi government’s move to send vaccines to various other countries rather than providing them to states battling the pandemic. According to the latest release order of vaccines from the Centre, Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages only. While Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, and other states have been given far more vaccines than Maharashtra, the minister further said.

 

While denying all these claims Dr. Harsh Vardhan had denied a shortage of COVID vaccines in Maharashtra, he also said that there were attempts by some state governments to “distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people”. “I have seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about the shortage of vaccines. This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from the Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of the pandemic. The inability of the Maharashtra government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension”, the Union Minister said in a statement.

On moving towards ground reality, the actual situation in Maharashtra is pathetic. Private and government hospitals in Mumbai are facing an immense shortage of ventilators and intensive care units (ICUs). The situation is worse in eastern suburbs covering Mulund, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, and Ghatkopar, and western suburbs stretching from Bandra till Borivali. In Lilavati Hospital, chief operating officer Dr. V Ravishankar said they have a waiting of eight patients for ICU beds in the hospital as per a report. However, to control this panic situation, the BMC has decided to discharge asymptomatic patients at the earliest to vacate beds for patients with more serious symptoms. The Mumbai civic body has also placed the order for, procuring 1.5 lakh injections of antiviral drug Remdesivir and other medical equipment to avoid any potential shortage of medicines at the city hospitals.

On Tuesday, April 13th 2021 as Maharashtra recorded 60,212 COVID cases which led to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a 15-day statewide curfew from Wednesday, April 14, to stop the surging cases in the state. “We are imposing strict restrictions Section 144 to be imposed in the entire state from tomorrow. I will not term this as a lockdown”.

But this delay in lockdown and heavy involvement of the state government in frivolous politics has created a huge loss in Maharashtra and lots of people have lost their lives till now. This mismanagement is a big reason for increasing COVID cases in the state leading to numerous morbidities. It’s high time for people as well to take all precautions and follow all guidelines cautiously to bring down the number of cases.

 

Divya Kumari

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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