The Madhya Pradesh government told the High Court on Friday that 204 ventilators – life-saving medical equipment in extremely short supply during the peak of the second Covid wave – were kept in a storeroom as “back-up”, even That was also spread through the virus. State
It was responding to a notice by the High Court, which took suo motu cognizance of the COVID situation in Madhya Pradesh, which has registered nearly eight lakh cases so far.
Senior advocate Naman Nagrath of the court said, “204 ventilators were kept in the store room, which was kept by the government as a backup. Under PM Cares 42 ventilators are in Bhopal and 20 in Indore, which are used in the second wave of coronavirus.” has not been.” Amicus Curie said.
The court was told that 77 ventilators in Bhopal – 42 procured from the PM Cares fund and 35 in district hospitals – were either unused, unplugged or had no qualified personnel to operate the device.
The court was also told, “It is a matter of concern that hundreds of ventilators were lying unused in the storerooms, while thousands of patients died.”
In May, NDTV reported that ventilators procured from the PM CARES Fund for hospitals in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were either defective or were left unused for people to operate.
The situation was so tragic that Bhopal’s largest government medical facility – Hamidia Hospital – lost a COVID patient.
The hospital initially denied the claims that the ventilator broke down, but NDTV found that its officials had written to the hospital administration regarding the ventilator.
The state, however, insisted that there was nothing wrong with the machines.
However, NDTV found that ventilators in other parts of the state – also supplied to government hospitals under PM CARES – were also throwing up glitches, or were unused.
For example, the Budelkhand Medical College in Sagar had 72 equipment, but only five were in use.
Details about ventilators, CT scan machines in government hospitals and action taken against private hospitals charging outrageous treatment charges were part of the report submitted today.
The report said that CT scan machines were available only in 14 district level hospitals.
The report also outlined the state’s preparedness for the third wave of infections.