Covid-19 vaccine scarcity SOS: Harsh Vardhan slams Opposition-ruled states for politicking ‘their failures’

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday slammed Opposition-ruled state governments for their alleged makes an attempt to distract consideration from their failure to handle the Covid-19 pandemic. In a harshly worded letter, Harsh Vardhan stated that the irresponsible statements by some state functionaries had been spreading panic among the many individuals.

“At a time when the country is witnessing a fresh wave of rising Covid-19 infections, I am alarmed to note the fact that many state governments have failed to take appropriate response measures and apply the lessons that the nation has learned over the past one year of handling this pandemic,” Harsh Vardhan stated.

In the letter, written to ‘set the record straight’, Harsh Vardhan stated that the Covid-19 immunisation coverage was drafted in session with the states and they’re conscious of its vitality.

Referring to Delhi, Maharashtra and Rajasthan authorities’s demand to open vaccination for all adults, Harsh Vardhan stated that the Centre has been often and transparently updating all of the state governments concerning the demand-supply dynamics and the resultant vaccination technique that has been adopted. “In fact, the vaccination strategy has been drawn up after extensive deliberations and consultations in partnership with all state governments,” he stated.

‘LIMITED VACCINE SUPPLY DEMANDS PRIORITISATION’

Harsh Vardhan stated that the federal government technique is targeted on decreasing mortality among the many most susceptible individuals, and allow the society to beat the pandemic.

“Accordingly, the world’s largest vaccination drive was launched in India with the first recipients being our healthcare personnel and front-line workers. Once this had progressed to a certain level, vaccination was opened up to further categories and is currently open to everyone above the age of 45 years,” the Union well being minister stated.

“So long as the supply of vaccines remains limited, there is no option but to prioritize. This is also the established practice around the world, and is well known to all state governments,” he stated.

POOR VACCINATION PERFORMANCE BY STATES

The Union well being minister got here down closely on Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra for their poor vaccination information.

“When states ask to open up vaccine supplies to everyone over 18, we must presume that they have done saturation coverage of healthcare workers, frontline workers and senior citizens. But the facts are altogether different,” Harsh Vardhan stated.

As per the information offered by the Union minister, Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra are at present lagging within the vaccination of all talked about teams.

“Maharashtra has vaccinated just only 86 per cent of health workers with first dose. The equivalent numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 72 per cent and 64 per cent. On the other hand, 10 Indian states/UTs have done more than 90 per cent,” he stated.

Maharashtra has vaccinated simply 41 per cent of healthcare staff with second dose, Delhi 41 per cent and Punjab 27 per cent. There are 12 Indian states/UTs which have carried out greater than 60 per cent, the minister stated.

Similarly, he stated Maharashtra has vaccinated solely 73 per cent frontline staff with first dose and 41 per cent with the second. The figures for this in Delhi are 71 per cent and 22 per cent, and in Punjab 65 per cent and 20 per cent. There are six Indian states/UTs which have carried out greater than 45 per cent.

When it involves senior residents, Maharashtra has vaccinated simply 25 per cent, Delhi has vaccinated 30 per cent and Punjab has vaccinated solely 13 per cent. There are 4 states/UTs which have already vaccinated greater than 50 per cent.

“Doesn’t it seem evident that these states are trying to divert attention from their poor vaccination efforts by just continuously shifting the goal-posts? Politicising such a public health issue is a damning indictment of certain political leaders who should know better,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stated.

MAHARASHTRA GOVT SPREADING PANIC

In his letter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan slammed the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra authorities for its ‘inability to act responsibly during the pandemic’.

Reacting to the vaccine scarcity alarm raised by Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope earlier within the day, Harsh Vardhan termed it as ‘nothing but an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to manage the unfold of pandemic’.

“Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time basis, and state governments are being apprised regularly about it. Allegations of vaccine shortage are utterly baseless,” he stated.

The Union minister stated that via the previous yr he has witnessed the misgovernance and utter informal method of the Maharashtra authorities in battling the virus.

“The lackadaisical attitude of the state government has singularly bogged down the entire country’s efforts to fight the virus,” he stated.

The minister claimed that the Maharashtra authorities has not made any effort in the course of the pandemic regardless of common help from the Centre.

“Today, Maharashtra not only has the highest cases and deaths in the country but also has one of the highest test positivity rates in the world! Their testing is not up to the mark and their contact tracing leaves a lot to be desired,” he stated.

Maharashtra Government must do much more to manage the pandemic and the Central Government will assist them in all doable methods. But focusing all their energies on enjoying politics and spreading lies to create panic will not be going to assist the individuals of Maharashtra, the Union minister stated.

CHHATTISGARH LEADERS INCITING VACCINE HESITANCY

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan additionally attacked Congress-led Chhattisgarh authorities for being ‘perhaps the only government in the world where its leaders were inciting vaccine hesitancy’.

“We have seen regular comments by leaders from Chhattisgarh that are intended to spread misinformation and panic on vaccination. I would like to humbly state that it would be better if the state government focuses its energies on ramping up their health infrastructure rather than on petty politicking,” he stated.

“The leaders of the state government have achieved the dubious distinction of being perhaps the only government in the world to have incited vaccine hesitancy,” the Union well being minister stated.

The minister famous that Chattisgarh has seen disproportionately larger variety of deaths within the final two-three weeks. “Their testing remains heavily dependent on rapid antigen tests, which is not a wise strategy,” he stated.

Harsh Vardhan stated that the state authorities refused to make use of Covaxin regardless of it being given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Drug Controller of India.

OTHER STATES UNDER FIRE

In his letter, Harsh Vardhan additionally pointed lack of Covid-19 amenities in Rajasthan, Punjab in addition to BJP-ruled Karnataka and Gujarat.

“Many other states also need to bring their healthcare systems up to the mark. For example, quality of testing needs to improve in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat. In Punjab, high case fatality rate needs to be improved by early identification of those needing hospitalization,” he stated.

The minister stated that mask-wearing and social distancing compliance had been slack in numerous states.

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