A group of people camped under a ”peepal” (sacred fig) tree here after allegedly being refused admission in a hospital, believing that it emits a higher level of oxygen.
Around half-a-dozen people had spread their beds under the tree along with their patients, according to Ravindra Maurya, whose sister also took shelter.
However, the chief medical officer said only one coronavirus-positive person was found at the spot in Tilhar area — 25 km from the district headquarters — and the patient had been hospitalised. He claimed that there was no shortage of oxygen.
Roshan Lal Verma, the BJP MLA from Tilhar, said on Saturday that he went to the spot after getting information that some people were camping under the tree due to shortage of oxygen.
“As I went near the tree, I saw eight-nine people spreading their beds. Some people fled after seeing me, thinking that police will come, arrest them and send them to jail,” Verma said.
These people had gone to the medical college, but they were not admitted there. Therefore, they spread their beds under the sacred fig tree, according to the BJP leader.
“These people are staying under the tree for the past five-six days,” he said.
In a purported video, a man and a woman who are sitting on a mattress is attending to a girl who seems to be ill. The man is also waving a hand fan at the teenager.
“We were sitting under the tree as it releases huge amount of oxygen. The other patients who were sitting with us had low oxygen level,” Maurya said.
He said the Health Department had took his sister for COVID testing and she tested negative.
But despite this, she was admitted to a COVID ward, following which they decided to take shelter under the tree, Maurya alleged.
Verma claimed that he had tried to contact Shajahanpur MLA and Medical Education Minister Suresh Khanna, but to no avail.
“Even today, he (Khanna) did not receive the call. After this, when the entire matter was briefed to District Magistrate Indra Vikram Singh, he took it seriously and sent an ambulance to the spot,” Verma said.
When contacted, Chief Medical Officer S P Gautam said, “On getting the information, we had sent a team, which could find only one person there. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalised.”
“We have enough oxygen available with us,” Gautam claimed.
“People who want to stay in their houses and get their treatment done there, giving them oxygen is not possible. But patients admitted in the hospitals are being given oxygen,” the official added.
Heavy floods completely damage Doda-Khellani road
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COVID Vaccine. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under India’s drug regulator has given its nod to Bharat Biotech for conducting phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin on children aged between 2 to 18 years old. The COVID vaccine trial is expected to be conducted on 525 subjects at various sites, including AIIMS-Delhi, AIIMS-Patna.
On Tuesday, the Subject Expert Committee on Covid-19 of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) considered Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s application seeking permission to conduct the COVID vaccine clinical trials to evaluate the safety of Covaxin vaccine among children.
While talking to the media an official said “After detailed discussion, the committee recommended for the conduct of proposed phase 2nd/3rd clinical trial of the whole virion inactivated coronavirus vaccine in the 2 to 18 years age group subject to the condition that the firm should submit the interim safety data of phase 2 clinical trial along with DSMB recommendations to the CDSCO before proceeding to phase 3 part of the study.
Weather Update for Jammu and Kashmir: The next 48 hours will be intense
Weather Update J&K , likely to experience rain and thunderstorm
Jammu&Kashmir including Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, north Rajasthan, Odisha and Telangana, likely to experience rain and thunderstorm beginning from Thursday forecasted the Meteorological Department.
The situation will remain like this till Friday. As the country celebrates Eid tomorrow it can well be said that the universe splashed rains on celebrations as people are likely to stay indoors.
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