Priyanka Gandhi slams Yogi government over Agra hospital's 'mock drill'
Slamming the Yogi Adityanath dispensation over the reported "mock drill" at a private hospital in Agra in which oxygen supply was allegedly cut off for five minutes, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked if the Uttar Pradesh government will bring out the truth and punish those guilty. The "mock drill" was conducted on April 26 at Paras Hospital where 22 patients allegedly died.
People have lost their lives due to oxygen shortage: Priyanka
Tagging media reports Vadra tweeted, "Amidst a severe shortage of oxygen, the Uttar Pradesh government kept on saying 'there is no shortage.' People across the state struggled and lost their lives. The administration in Agra is also saying there was no shortage of oxygen."
Priyanka tagged various media reports
उप्र सरकार ने ऑक्सीजन की भारी कमी के बीच लगातार कहा कि "ऑक्सीजन की कमी नहीं है।"— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 9, 2021
प्रदेशभर में लोगों की तड़प-तड़प कर जान चली गई। आगरा में भी प्रशासन कह रहा है कि "ऑक्सीजन की कमी नहीं थी"।
क्या उप्र सरकार आगरा मॉकड्रिल का सच सामने लाकर दोषियों को सजा देगी? pic.twitter.com/XVss94fueX
Rahul Gandhi has also asked for action against those responsible
Notably, Congress leader and Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi also targeted the ruling BJP government over the incident earlier and said that there is a shortage of both oxygen and humanity under the BJP rule. He tweeted, "There is a severe shortage of both oxygen and humanity under the BJP rule. Action should be taken immediately against all those responsible for this dangerous crime."
Here is what Rahul Gandhi tweeted
भाजपा शासन में ऑक्सीजन व मानवता दोनों की भारी कमी है।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 8, 2021
इस ख़तरनाक अपराध के ज़िम्मेदार सभी लोगों के ख़िलाफ़ तुरंत कार्यवाही होनी चाहिए।
दुख की इस घड़ी में मृतकों के परिवारजनों को मेरी संवेदनाएँ। pic.twitter.com/CYoBB0mJWe
Hospital owner heard talking about the incident in a video
On Tuesday, the Agra administration ordered a probe after a video surfaced in which the hospital's owner, Dr. Arinjay Jain, was purportedly heard saying that he conducted a "mock drill" in which the oxygen supply for COVID-19 patients was cut off for five minutes. Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said that action will be taken against the hospital's owner under the Pandemic Act.
Conducted mock drill to segregate critically ill patients: Owner
In the video, Dr. Jain allegedly claimed that hospital was facing oxygen scarcity. "We talked with families of the patients but no one was ready to discharge their patients. So we decided to conduct a mock drill so that we could segregate the critically ill patients. After shutting off the oxygen supply for five minutes, bodies of 22 patients started turning blue," he said.
Here is the video that went viral on social media
Investigation has been launched into the allegations: DM
Denying the claim that 22 patients died that day due to oxygen shortage, Singh said that on April 26 and 27, seven fatalities were reported from the Paras Hospital. "There was an oxygen shortage on these days, but it was augmented by diverting supply from Mathura refinery," Singh said, as per Livehindustan. He added that an investigation has been launched into the allegations.