Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday stated the state is being allocated 26,000 Remdesivir injections per day by the Centre as in opposition to the requirement of 50,000 vials of the anti-COVID-19 drug.
Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Tope stated he’ll write to the Centre to extend the allocation of Remdesivir to Maharashtra, the worst COVID-19-hit state within the nation.
“The state authorities’s daily requirement is 50,000 Remdesivir injections, however the Centre’s allocation is 26,000 injections per day. This is for the following 10 days, which could be very critical as well timed use of the injections to deal with co-morbid and critical COVID-19 sufferers can save lives,” he stated.
Remdesivir is listed to be used in critical COVID-19 sufferers. In view of a sudden spike in demand of the drug as a result of surge in COVID-19 instances, the Centre final week banned its export until the state of affairs improves.
“I’ll ship a letter to the Union Health Ministry on Thursday to extend the allocation of the important thing anti-viral drug to Maharashtra,” the minister stated.
Tope and state Food and Drug Administration minister Rajendra Shingane few days in the past had assured that the provision of Remdesivir will improve from April 21.
On Wednesday, the state reported 67,468 recent coronavirus instances, taking its tally past the 40-lakh mark, whereas 568 extra sufferers succumbed to the an infection, as per the health division.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday got here down closely on the Maharashtra authorities for its “extraordinarily callous” behaviour in direction of the problem of procuring and allocating Remdesivir injections for COVID-19 sufferers, and stated the authorities are shirking their duties.