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COVID-19 exposes Bihar’s creaking health infrastructure; Opposition alleges corruption

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Bihar COVID19The first well being centre in Samastipur’s Morwa block is getting used as a cattle shelter.

With the COVID-19 having made its solution to the agricultural areas of Bihar, Opposition events have alleged that the federal government’s figures don’t account for the deaths within the state’s villages. Whereas the official figures state that lively instances within the state are 30992 and 4845 deaths, the opposition has claimed that many deaths within the rural space, principally as a result of absence of services, aren’t being accounted for. There are a lot of districts the place the federal government hospital doesn’t even have ICU beds. Now, a go to to a number of major healthcare centres by ANI has uncovered the shabby standing of the well being infra within the state. The photographs that got here to the fore present that the healthcare centres made for rural inhabitants are both in shambles or getting used as cattle shelter.

Major Well being Centre in Madhubani’s Sakri, Harushwar, Samastipur’s Morwa and Banka’s Babhangama have been present in a dilapidated situation. An area in Madhubani’s Sakri claimed that the first healthcare centre solely exists on paper. “Medical doctors, nurses and sanitation staff are additionally appointed to this facility however they’re not current right here. They solely come as soon as a month,” he claimed.

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The first well being centre in Samastipur’s Morwa block is getting used as a cattle shelter whereas one other Well being Centre within the Chaklalshahi space has been discovered locked for a lot of months.

“Medical doctors come as soon as in a month for vaccination of kids. There’s no medication/injection for others,” stated an area.

One other well being sub-centre in Rasalpur of Samastipur district has been rented out for simply Rs 1000 per thirty days.

Whereas the ruling BJP-JD(U) alliance is mum over the problem, residents proceed to endure within the absence of primary well being care services. Former Chief Minister of the state, Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose social gathering dominated for round 15 years until 2005, hit out at present CM Nitish Kumar (in energy since 2005) saying that he must be given the Nobel prize for closing down a whole lot of such centres.

Chief of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav additionally hit out on the ruling alliance, whose Well being Minister occurs to be from the BJP, saying that 1000’s of crore rupees are being embezzled by operating these centres on papers solely. “Hundreds of such well being centres which are literally closed however are operational on paper have particular blessings of CM Nitish Kumar and Well being Minister Mangal Pandey. Think about what number of 1000’s of crores rupees are being embezzled yearly on the pretext of operating these centres,” he stated in Hindi.

It could be famous that the state is underneath lockdown until June 1 and the vaccination has additionally been progressing at a gradual tempo. The state reported over 2600 instances on Might 25.

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