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Updated on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10:03 PM IST

Amid tussle, Rs 41 cr released from PM Cares Fund to set up makeshift COVID-19 hospitals in West Bengal

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Kolkata: Amidst the tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government and Trinamool Congress led West Bengal government over the dearth of vaccines, oxygen and usage of PM Cares Fund, the Central government on Wednesday released Rs 41 crore for establishment of two 250 bedded makeshift COVID-19 hospitals by DRDO at Murshidabad and Kalyani.

According to BJP sources, this proposal will augment health infrastructure in West Bengal to effectively manage the COVID-19 situation.

Notably, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the Prime Minister for not utilizing the fund from PM Cares Fund during the pandemic and cyclone Yaas.

In West Bengal and other parts of the country, several people died due to dearth of oxygen and hospital beds during the second wave of COVID-19.

In West Bengal, the ruling government also claimed that the Central government is not sending adequate vaccines to the state for which the TMC government had procured lakhs of vaccines from the center to vaccinate people between the age group of 18-44.

No sooner did the news broke, than several doctors and ordinary people of Murshidabad and Kalyani expressed their happiness as several people in those areas have died due to lack of proper health infrastructure.

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Md. Rahaman, a doctor in a local hospital in Murshidabad claimed that this move will help the local people of Murshidabad to get treated there and the ones in critical condition will not have be shifted to Kolkata.

“It was seen that many people have died in the transit from Murshidabad to Kolkata, but now due to the availability of make-shift hospitals will help in saving several lives of this area,” claimed the doctor.

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Published on: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10:03 PM IST
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