Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Mangaluru, May 7: Congress should stop misleading citizens at times like these, said Mangaluru South MLA, Vedavyas Kamath. Express his rage towards the Opposition, Kamath said, “Congress should first put an end to making mockery with respect to matters of health. In addition to giving false statements about Wenlock hospital, it is creating an environment wherein people are scared to arrive at Wenlock hospital."
Addressing a press conference in the city, the MLA said, “All facilities are available at Wenlock hospital for underprivileged. But Congress is misleading citizens and instilling fear in their minds. This kind of politics does not bode well for a party like Congress."
“Congress has not made any appreciable contribution to the development of Wenlock hospital in the past 50 years. Even when U T Khader was the health minister, Wenlock did not get any benefit. So far there were only 12 ICUs. Now there are 70 ventilators due to the effort put in by MP Nalin Kumar and the BJP government. In addition, 20 ventilators are reserved in private hospitals for the poor. So 90 ventilators are available for the treatment of the poor. Oxygen cylinder capacity is increased to 12 tonnes from six tonnes. All these are reserved for poor people."
“In the next 30 to 40 days an oxygen plant will be installed. Within another 10 days, 50 more ventilators will arrive. The blueprint is being prepared to install 250 oxygen beds. Work is in progress to install oxygen plants in all the taluk hospitals. Already 50 oxygen beds are being readied. When Khader was the health minister he did not make any contribution to his constituency. Congress does not want development. Congress is leaving aside development and is indulging in criticizing BJP.”
Slamming the statement by Congress leaders over the oxygen received from Bahrain, Kamath said, “Union government had sent an appeal to Bahrain to send oxygen in the wake of the worsening Covid situation in the country. Initially, due to some political issues, the Centre had decided to get oxygen through Red Cross. So the oxygen was to be sent to Mumbai port. But due to the appeal of the Karnataka government, it was sent to NMPT. This process has happened as per the agreement between the governments of both countries. Congress leaders who are criticizing this matter should first understand it. If the governor is numero uno for any state, DC and elected representatives are important for districts. What is wrong in welcoming the oxygen containers that were brought by the government? Congress politicizes every move of the ruling party, they should utilize their smartness for good work. There is no need to be dramatic during this difficult time.”
Speaking on the subject of availability of Covid report, Vedavyas said, “As the people who used to arrive at Wenlock hospital for Covid test were not filling the details properly in their application form, uploading the same on the system was getting delayed. This issue will be resolved within a week. The Covid report will be available within 24 hours.”
Mayor Premananda Shetty, chief whip of MCC, Sudhir Shetty Kannur and BJP South Mandala president, Vijaya Kumar Shetty were present.