Priyanka Gandhi said that the UP government maintained that there was no shortage of oxygen in the state hospitals in the “midst of a severe shortage of oxygen”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, General Secretary of Indian National Congress, on Wednesday criticized the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to acknowledge and act on the rampant reports of oxygen shortage for COVID-19 patients in the state.
The Congress leader said that the UP government maintained that there was no shortage of oxygen in the state hospitals in the “midst of a severe shortage of oxygen”.
“People across the state lost their lives in agony. In Agra, also the administration is saying that ‘there was no shortage of oxygen’,” Priyanka Gandhi said.
Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “In the midst of a severe shortage of oxygen, the UP government constantly said that ‘there is no shortage of oxygen’. People across the state lost their lives in agony. In Agra also the administration is saying that ‘there was no shortage of oxygen’.”
Questioning the UP government about the recent ‘Agra mock drill’ case, she asked, “Will the UP government bring out the truth of the Agra mock drill and punish the guilty?”
Pertinently, the administration on Tuesday ordered the sealing of Shri Paras Hospital, a prominent private hospital in Agra, following a purported video clip of its owner where he talks about how the hospital cut off oxygen supply to COVID-19 patients for five minutes as part of a “mock drill” to find out “who will die”.
He says that 22 patients were “filtered out” during this “experiment” as they “turned blue”. These 22 patients may not have made it out alive, certain media reports said.
Speaking to media, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh confirmed that the person in the video clip was the hospital owner, Dr Arinjay Jain.
The incident is reported to have occurred on the morning of April 26, and the video was made on April 28. Later, UP’s health department set up a probe after the hospital owners’ video clip started doing rounds on social media.