Nagpur: As the health infrastructure in rural areas of Nagpur district, including at tehsil-level, is at its nadir, Covid patients are forced to move to the city for better treatment but they are not getting even beds in Nagpur hospitals, said BJP MLC Girish Vyas.
Vyas expressed concern over the lack of health facilities in rural Nagpur. According to him, at Narkhed, Kalmeshwar and Katol tehsils, he found that despite rise in Covid-19 cases, health infrastructure is in pitiable condition there. “For example, CT scan facility is not available even in tehsil places like Narkhed, Kalmeshwar and Katol,” Vyas alleged while addressing a press conference here on Thursday.
Citing another example, the BJP MLC said that a Samaj Bhavan in Narkhed tehsil was converted into Covid care centre and 14 patients were admitted there. Of these, four were serious and needed hospitalization. But they were battling to get beds in the city hospitals, he said.
He further said the Amravati district administration, where the Covid scenario is under check, should utilize its medical infrastructure for admitting serious patients from Katol and Narkhed tehsils, which are closer to Amravati. “Testing centres are not enough and due to lack of PPE kits, oximeters, thermal guns and gloves, staff there is facing hardships,” he said.
He charged the Nagpur district administration with not taking enough measures to control the spread of the virus in rural areas despite being aware of the second wave. “Instead of improving health infrastructure, the health facilities in rural Nagpur have deteriorated. Positive patients have been facing a severe crisis of medicines. Remdesivir injection is not available in rural hospitals,” he said.
Vyas said that all BJP MLAs and MLCs have decided to utilize their MLA funds to strengthen health infrastructures across the district.
To a query, the BJP leader said that the MVA-led Maharashtra government was playing dirty politics over shortage of vaccines. “The Central government has provided ample vials to the state government,” he said.