Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar

Union Minister Santosh Gangwar has written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath about COVID-19 management in Bareilly and flagged a series of concerns.

Union Minister Santosh Gangwar has complained to UP CM Yogi Adityanath about delays in admission of COVID-19 patients in hospitals, black marketing of medical equipment such as ventilators, and key health officials in his Lok Sabha constituency Bareilly, not responding to phone calls.

In a letter to the CM Yogi Adityanath of the BJP-run state, the Union Labour minister has also complained about the "big shortage" of empty oxygen cylinders and the high prices of medical equipment in his Lok Sabha constituency.

The letter was handed over to Adityanath during his visit to Bareilly on Saturday.

"There are cases in which the patient despite taking a referral and going to the government hospital is asked to go back to the district hospital and get the referral done again," the Union minister said.

"Due to this, the condition of the patient is deteriorating and this is a matter of concern. In this scenario, it is very necessary that the COVID-19 patients are immediately admitted to the referral hospitals in the least possible time," Gangwar wrote.

The Union minister complained that various equipment like multipara monitors and ventilators are being sold in the market at 1.5 times than the original price. He urged the government to fix prices of the equipment.

Gangwar also requested that arrangements should be made so that the COVID-19 patients could be admitted to private hospitals, which should be given facilities given to COVID hospitals.

The Union minister complained that some prominent officials related to the medical field do not take phone calls, causing inconvenience to patients.

He also said that there is a shortage of empty oxygen cylinders in Bareilly. The main reason for this is that many people in the city have kept oxygen cylinders in their homes as a precautionary measure and these are being sold at high rates, he said.

The administration should identify such persons and initiate action against them, the minister added.

He also demanded the setting up of an oxygen plant to meet the shortage of the life-saving gas.

Gangwar suggested that the facility for the registration for coronavirus vaccine should be available at hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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