Congress slams Modi govt over lack of protective kits for medical staff, demands compensation for COVID-19 victims

Sushmita Dev
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New Delhi, April 5 Congress leader and All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev on Sunday slammed Modi government for not providing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the medical staff who are treating coronavirus patients across the country.

Further pointed out the scarcity of ventilators to treat the COVID-19 positive patients.

At a press conference in New Delhi, the Congress leader questioned, “When will you (Centre) provide PPEs to nurses, doctors and ambulance drivers. Today, there are only 3.5 lakh kits available however we need 62 lakh kits. We feel sad when we see doctors treating patients by wearing raincoats and helmets.”
“PPEs cannot be supplied immediately, they have to be tested first. We want to ask the government how many such agencies are prepared right now to examine these kits,” she added.
Raising the issue of scarcity of ventilators needed for treating the COVID-19 patients, she said, ” In our country, there are 40,000 ventilators, out of which 20-30,000 ventilators are not working properly. How will the patients receive treatment in such a situation.”

She also demanded the Central government to compensate families of those who had lost their lives to the infection. “Today at 9 pm, citizens will light diyas but the news which came in the morning that around 100 people have died due to corona what about that? Will the government give compensation to them,” she said.

The total number of coronavirus cases rose to 3,374 in India on Sunday, as per the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
77 deaths have been reported so far in the country.

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