Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 23
Terming the brand new vaccination policy for 18-plus age group as unfair to the states, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday sought Centre-state parity in vaccination for 18-plus age group from May 1, whereas calling for pressing steps to guarantee ample oxygen provide.
While his authorities has adopted all measures to minimise demand for oxygen, given the criticality of it as probably the most important drug for therapy of significant Covid sufferers, the Centre should make sure that all commitments as per the allocation are complied with by liquid oxygen producers in different states, he demanded.
He mentioned, “This isn’t taking place at current. Punjab’s provides come from Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and there are studies of provides being ‘hijacked’,” he mentioned at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s digital convention to talk about the Covid state of affairs with chief ministers of the worst-hit states.
On the vaccination entrance, the Chief Minister mentioned on the charges declared by one producer, the price to the Punjab authorities shall be over Rs 1,000 crore. He sought central authorities funding for vaccination, with permission to make the price a match cost on SDRF funds within the interim.
Regular vaccine provide should be ensured to keep the availability chain to the final vaccination sales space, he mentioned, including that due to provide scarcity, the vaccination in final one week has been barely low, ie, round 75,000-80,000 every day. While Punjab acquired recent provides on Thursday, the present shares might final solely three days as demand for vaccine is rising, he confused.
Amarinder additionally expressed concern over lack of readability on the amount of vaccine to be made accessible by the Centre after May 1, and the way the producers will regulate provides to completely different states and personal purchasers.
The state authorities, on its half, has constituted an skilled group underneath virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang to advise on our vaccination technique for these from 18-45, which states have been allowed to vaccinate at their value, he mentioned.
The Chief Minister additionally pointed to the scarcity and blackmarketing of medicines like remdesivir and toci, which, he mentioned, was creating panic within the media and basic public. Though the Centre was making efforts to enhance their provide, a clearer messaging was required to inform the general public that they don’t seem to be magic wands, and in addition about accessible substitutes, he confused.
Pointing to the scarcity of anti-viral remdesivir injections and 0 availability of toci injections within the state, he mentioned hospitals had been, nevertheless, following therapy protocol for important sufferers and utilizing different medicines.
Citing the rise within the variety of instances to round 5,000 per day, with 10 per cent positivity within the final one week, from round 3,000 per day with 8 per cent positivity over the past digital convention on April 8, the Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to direct central establishments like AIIMS Bathinda, PGI Satellite Centres and Military Hospitals in Punjab to present extra Covid beds. Pre-fab buildings on supply by CSIR may very well be used for this objective, he mentioned, pointing to the grave state of affairs within the state, with a case fatality fee of 1.4 per cent.
Expressing concern over the truth that Punjab had not acquired any recent outcomes on viral genome sequency within the final virtually a month, when the final outcomes confirmed over 85 per cent UK pressure, Amarinder urged the Prime Minister to order escalation of efforts to perceive the mutations, and their implications for correct policy response. He additionally urged the Centre to construct a consensus on Covid-appropriate behaviour to verify the unfold of the virus.
Assuring the Prime Minister of all-out efforts by his authorities to fight the Covid unfold, the Chief Minister mentioned his authorities had launched a sequence of containment measures with stringent enforcement. He listed a few of the measures in place within the state, and added that micro containment zones are being elevated with particular monitoring groups.