‘Died or Killed?’: Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over 24 deaths in Karnataka hospital due to oxygen shortage

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May 3, 2021

May 3: The Congress mounted an attack on the ruling BJP in Karnataka following the death of 24 people in the Chamarajanagar Government District Hospital allegedly due to oxygen shortage in 24 hours since Sunday morning.

"Died or Killed? My heartfelt condolences to their families. How much more suffering before the 'system' wakes up?" Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

The All India Congress Committee general secretary and Karnataka in charge, Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded the arrest of the Health Minister.

"This is murder by designed negligence of Yediyurappa Govt ! The Health Minister must resign. Will CM Yediyurappa ji own moral responsibility for the deaths?" Surjewala tweeted.

Congress Karnataka chief D K Shivakumar said the government is only interested in publicity and does not take any responsibility.

"The chief minister and ministers are not able to handle it (administration). So, after the Congress Legislative Party meeting today, I will meet the Chief Secretary and ask him to present the truth before the people of the state," Shivakumar told reporters, reacting to the Chamarajanagar incident

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May 5,2021

Mangaluru, May 5: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday said he was awaiting directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on whether or not a full-fledged lockdown should be imposed in the state to bring Covid-19 under control. 

“The country’s PM is scheduled to speak...whatever he says and decides, we will have to implement. We’re waiting for his directions. Based on his directives, we will decide in the evening,” Yediyurappa told reporters on the sidelines of former chief minister KC Reddy’s 119th birth anniversary. 

Speculation is rife that Karnataka might consider extending its ‘close down’ beyond May 12, when it is scheduled to end. The 2-week ‘close down’, which is akin to a lockdown, prohibits movement of people and essential shops are allowed to operate only for a few hours in the morning.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and state governments to consider imposing a ban on mass gatherings and super-spreader events, as well as bring about a lockdown, to curb the spread of the coronavirus "in the interest of public welfare".

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April 30,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 30: Covid-19 vaccination for the age group of 18-45 will not begin from May 1 in Bengaluru and rest of Karnataka as earlier announced, Health Minister Dr Sudhakar told reporters here on Friday. 

He asked those aged between 18 to 44 years to register on the Co-WIN portal and wait for the government to inform them once stocks arrive.

"Out of around 99.5 lakh doses, more than 95 lakh doses have been administered. Our vaccine wastage percentage is only 1.4 per cent. Yesterday, four lakh doses have arrived. I've been informed that we have around six lakh doses with us," he said.

While Serum Institute of India manufactures 5-6 crore vaccine doses, Bharat Biotech manufactures 1-1.25 crore doses a month. Russia's Sputnik V, which will be manufactured by Dr Reddy's, is yet to come.

"I've been getting calls and messages asking where to go for vaccination tomorrow. Please don't visit hospitals tomorrow. We've not got information from Serum on when vaccines will be supplied," he added.

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April 24,2021

Mangaluru, Apr 24: Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (KPME) registration of Misquith Hospital in Surathkal was temporarily withheld and the hospital was forced to shut down after an inquiry confirmed medical negligence.

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr K V Rajendra said on Saturday a woman had undergone treatment at the hospital from March 6 to 8. The hospital had shown a negligent attitude by not conducting the covid test on the patient. The woman later succumbed to the infection on March 18.

When officials verified the documents pertaining to the treatment of the woman, the negligence came to light.

Further, an Ayurveda doctor was found treating the patients with allopathic medicines in addition, a clinic was functioning on the hospital premises without the Registration. A total of 18 patients were availing treatment in the hospital. While verifying the case sheet, the officials realised that records of nine patients had been recorded.

There were four fever cases and the hospital authorities had violated Epidemic Disease Act norms. The inquiry was conducted by team officials, including Dr Deepa Prabhu, Taluk Medical Officer Dr Sujay Kumar, Dr Rehman from Wenlock Hospital, District Ayush Officer Dr Ashfaq and KPMEA legal advisor Chandraha.

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