No Shortage of Oxygen in the State, Action will be Taken Against Hoarders; Assures CM Yogi Adityanath

LUCKNOW: UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath assured that there is no shortage of oxygen in any Covid hospitals in the state. He added the state government is going to conduct an audit of the life-saving gas with the support of various institutes.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh is currently the second worst-hit state by the Covid-19 infection. The state recorded 37,944 cases on April 24. There are 2,88,144 cases active in the state. So far, the state has reported 10,51,314 cases, out of which 7,52,211 have recovered while 10,959 have lost their lives. 222 people died of Covid-19 related complications on Saturday.

While speaking to editors of various newspapers, CM said, “There is no shortage of oxygen in any COVID hospital, be it private or government. The problem is black marketing and hoarding, which will be tackled with a heavy hand. An oxygen audit will also take place in collaboration with IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow and IIT BHU for proper monitoring of oxygen. The system of live tracking of oxygen demand, supply and distribution will be implemented soon, he added.

He further said that there were some initial problems in increasing the number of hospital beds in the state. However, they were quickly overcome. He urged people not to take the infection lightly as a normal viral fever. He said, “It would be a huge mistake to take corona as normal viral fever. I am also in its grip. I have been following all COVID protocols since April 13 while in isolation.”

The Chief Minister assured that there is no shortage of the drugs like Remdesivir in the state. He added that when the demand increased, the state government sent an aircraft to Ahmedabad to airlift the drug procured directly from the pharma company. He said not all patients need this medicine while emphasizing on using it wisely.