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Cross check facilities, people are dying
1/23/2022 11:41:28 PM

The death rate in Jammu region due to COVID-19 being on rise has sent alarm bells ringing. People are asking if the Omicron variant is mild then why people are dying.
When the second wave of COVID-19 had struck Jammu many people had died due to the healthcare system getting overwhelmed. During the second wave questions were raised over the quality of the ventilators acquired by the Jammu and Kashmir Health Department.
The RTI activist had claimed that officials of the Health Department had not acquired the good quality ventilators and these were not functioning properly. He had also claimed that the installation of defective ventilators in health institutions of Jammu division could be one of the major reasons/factor responsible for the high COVID mortality rate in Jammu as compared to Kashmir during the second wave. The questions asked by the RTI activist didn’t get any satisfactory reply from the authorities after the second wave subsided.
The third wave of COVID-19 has raised similar questions as mortality rate in Jammu is higher than Kashmir. For the last one week, the Jammu region is recording over 70 percent of total COVID deaths in the Union Territory.
The RTI activist had raised a pertinent query about the quality of the ventilators acquired by the authorities. The government needs to conduct an audit. And if the ventilators are not upto the mark these need to be replaced to save precious human lives.
According to the experts the Omicron is a mild variant of the COVID-19 and only those people who have not got vaccinated are developing complications. Before the third wave of Covid struck, the government had claimed that the maximum population in the Jammu region had been inoculated. It seems that claims were also untrue. Had the maximum population taken the COVID-19 jabs, the death rate in the region would not have been so high.
The crux is that the people are getting infected and are dying also. Despite the variant being mild Jammu is witnessing the dance of death. It’s high time for the government to cross check whether the facilities that are being provided to the patients in hospitals. It’s unfortunate that people are dying despite the Government of India providing liberal funding to the J&K Government to put the facilities in place. Checking facilities in the hospitals is a must to save people from dying of Covid.
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