He added, “We have demanded ex gratia of Rs 25 lakhs for the family of each victim. We were shocked and surprised. We demand that the Central government verify the facts again and get their records straight because this has been widely reported in domestic, national and state media.”Reacting to Centre’s comment, Congress’ V Gurunadham claimed, at least 50 people died in the state due to the poor distribution strategy.”Health is a state subject but the oxygen distribution system is in the hands of the Government of India. If it is supplied properly accordingly, it is okay. But they have to supply to state governments properly. Several deaths took place. In Vijayanagaram government hospital, two deaths occurred in April. In Hindupur, Kurnool, Ruia. More than 50 deaths have been reported across the state due to lack of oxygen,” he said.He further blamed negligence on the part of government officials for the deaths.In a written reply to Congress MP KC Venugopal on whether a large number of COVID-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave, Minister of State for Health Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar had pointed out that health is a state subject and accordingly all states/UTs report cases and deaths to the Union Health Ministry on a regular basis.She also stated that the Government of India has supported the States and undertook a series of actions including provisioning medical oxygen.Dr Pawar also highlighted that the medical oxygen demand in the country during the second wave peaked at nearly 9000 Metric Tonnes (MT) as compared to 3095 MT during the first wave.
Source: Economic Times