Uttar Pradesh’s government was accused of ordering a crackdown on individuals and hospitals reporting shortages according to several reports. Is UP CM Yogi Adityanath in denial?
What are reports Saying?
As per a report published on 24 April in The Hindu, Durgawati Hospital in Barhalganj reported five deaths in two days because they had to “slow down” the oxygen for patients and there was a delay in replenishing the stock. In another instance, the Chief Medical Superintendent of a hospital in Kanpur Nagar told The Indian Express that while his hospital never ran out of oxygen, there were times when a 15-minute delay in cylinders caused problems. Another report by NDTV talks about how at least seven patients died in two Meerut hospitals, three at Anand hospital, and four at KMC hospital due to oxygen shortage. It further quoted senior doctors from the two hospitals who highlighted the same issue. As per reports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked senior administrative and police officers, including divisional commissioners and inspectors-general, to crack down on hospitals that discharge patients citing an oxygen shortage or complain to the media about the crisis. Amid reports of hospitals and patients facing an oxygen crisis, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to seize the property of people who spread fake news and “rumours” on social media and “spoil the atmosphere” and national security. He also threatened to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and the Gangster Act against anyone trying to spread fear and panic during the pandemic.