Ajit Pawar Criticizes PM Modi For Not Providing Aid To Other Cyclone-Hit States Unlike Gujarat

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Pune, 21st May 2021: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar conducted a covid-19 review meeting in Pune today, stating that the number of positive cases has declined in the Pune district and there is an increase in the number of discharged patients.

After the meeting, while speaking to media persons, Pawar heavily criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing relief aid of Rs 1,000 crore to Gujarat while overlooking other cyclone-affected states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Goa which have been affected due to cyclone.

“Like Gujarat, if other cyclone-hit states would have also received relief funds from the centre, it would have been fair for all. The affected states would have also felt that the Prime minister looks after them as well”, he said.

In the Covid-19 review meeting, Pawar said, “The state government is constantly in talks with vaccine manufacturers, Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech who have promised to ramp up the production of the Covid-19 vaccine in the next few months.”

He said Maharashtra has done maximum vaccination in the country. “We are making sure whoever got their first shot gets the second dose on time. So we have stopped vaccination for the 18 to 44 years age group and priority is given to the second dose. Pune and Mumbai Municipal Corporation has floated a global tender, the state is also trying its best to get the vaccines.”

All types of beds are now available in government as well as private hospitals. However, the numbers of cases have not come down as per expectation in rural areas. And there is no shortage of Remdesivir injection, Pawar informed.

300 cases of black fungus in Pune

“Presently there are over 300 cases of black fungus in Pune. And many of them are not from Pune but are the residents of the other districts. There is a shortage of injections required to treat the patients of Mucormycosis. If 300 patients are there in Pune it requires around 1800 injections a day and on the ground, the required number is not available.

A person having Mucormycosis disease needs to be given six injections a day. The total cost of these injections in a month would cost around lakhs. And thus we have decided to include its treatment in the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) scheme”, Pawar said.

He further informed, “In a recent meeting with the Prime Minister our health minister also raised the demand that these injections must be given in states in the required number. We also tried to speak to its manufacturers and we were informed that they have been asked to handover all the injections to the central government only. And the centre will further divide which state to be given how many injections.”

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