Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan at the moment hit out at some states for demanding COVID vaccine age rest, calls it deplorable try and distract consideration.
He additionally added that, “deplorable attempts by some state governments to distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people.”
“Chhattisgarh government refused to use Covaxin despite it being given Emergency Use Authorization by DCGI. Not only this, by its actions, leaders of the state govt have dubious distinction of being perhaps only govt in the world to have incited vaccine hesitancy,” mentioned the Union Health Minister.
“Many other states also need to bring their healthcare systems up to the mark. Quality of testing needs to improve in Karnataka, Rajasthan & Gujarat. In Punjab, high case fatality rate needs to be improved by early identification of those needing hospitalization,” Harsh Vardhan additionally added.
He additional mentioned statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra in regards to the scarcity of vaccines have been “nothing but an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic”. Asserting that allegations of vaccine scarcity are completely baseless, Vardhan mentioned Maharashtra’s “testing is not up to the mark and their contact tracing leaves a lot to be desired”. In a powerful assertion, he mentioned, “It is surprising to see how the state Government is placing Maharashtrians in peril by letting people escape institutional quarantine mandate for the sake of their private Vasuli.
“Overall, as the state has lurched from one crisis to another, it seems as if the state leadership is happily sleeping at the wheels.” About Chhattisgarh, he mentioned common feedback have been made by leaders from the state “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 focusses its energies on ramping up their health infrastructure rather than on petty politicking,” Vardhan mentioned whereas flagging “disproportionately higher number of deaths in the last 2-3 weeks” within the state.
He additionally mentioned the state’s testing stays closely depending on speedy antigen assessments which isn’t a clever technique.
He additional mentioned many different states additionally must convey their healthcare methods on top of things.
“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 hospitalisation,” he mentioned.
Vardhan mentioned when states ask to open up vaccine provides to everybody over 18, we should presume that they’ve carried out saturation protection of healthcare employees, frontline employees and senior residents.
“But the facts are altogether different,” he mentioned whereas mentioning that Maharashtra has vaccinated simply solely 86 per cent of well being employees with the primary dose, whereas the equal numbers for Delhi and Punjab are 72 per cent and 64 per cent.
Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday mentioned one of many main causes for the surge in instances was people changing into lax in the direction of following COVID-appropriate behaviour and urged them take up mass consciousness campaigns to re-instill the significance of such measures among the plenty. Vardhan, who reviewed the COVID-19 scenario and progress of vaccination in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan, mentioned these 11 states collectively contributed 54 per cent of the overall instances and 65 per cent of the overall deaths within the nation, with a disproportionately excessive variety of deaths in Maharashtra and Punjab.