No deaths from oxygen deprivation have been reported in Haryana during the Covid pandemic, the state government told the meeting on Friday.
In a written response to a question, Health Minister Anil Vij said the state has reported a total of 9,665 Covid-related deaths through August 20.
“No deaths from oxygen deprivation have been reported in the state,” Mr Vij said in response to a question from Congressional MLA Aftab Ahmed, who wanted to know if anyone had died as a result of oxygen deprivation during the ongoing pandemic.
Ahmed asked the government to disclose the district deaths that occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic from March 24, 2020 to July 31, 2021. He also asked the state government to disclose the district deaths due to oxygen starvation during the period.
The House of Representatives was told that up to 1,037 Covid-related deaths had been reported from Hisar during the period, while 919 fatalities were from Gurgaon.
Responding to another related question during Question Time, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar informed the Assembly that so far no Covid patient has died due to oxygen starvation in the state.
Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, however, claimed that the government hid the true number of deaths from coronavirus and oxygen starvation.
“The government should form a high-level commission to find out the exact number of deaths. The government should tell what lessons it has learned from the damage done during the first and second wave. When the third wave comes, how many doctors “Nursing staff has been recruited to deal with it,” Mr Hooda said.
Mr Khattar describes the measures taken by the government to deal with the surge in demand for medical oxygen and told the House that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply during the second Covid wave.
He shared that Haryana was initially given a quota of 150 tons of oxygen from the center, which was later increased to 285 tons, even though the state had demanded 350 tons of oxygen.
To ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, appropriate arrangements have been made for all modes of transport, including road, air and rail, he said.
Mr Khattar stressed that no one is in control of the pandemic and said: “We have done our duty in times of crisis.”
He said the opposition has an old habit of criticizing everything.
Meanwhile, on the first day of Haryana Vidhan Sabha’s short monsoon session, six bills were introduced in the House. A detailed discussion of it would be held later.
During the proceedings, Mr Khattar, who is the leader of the House, introduced a resolution to appreciate the achievements of all athletes representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics and said they have brought laurels with their achievements.
The Prime Minister said the House is proud that this time 30 players in the Indian contingent who took part in the Olympic Games came from Haryana.
The House is particularly proud that of the seven Olympic medals, three have been won by athletes from Haryana, he said.
This House congratulates Neeraj Chopra, gold medalist in javelin throw, silver medalist wrestler Ravi Dahiya and bronze-winning wrestler Bajrang Punia, who are all from the state.
The prime minister said that in the men’s hockey team that won a bronze medal after 41 years, two players – Surender Kumar and Sumit Kumar – are from Haryana, while in the women’s hockey team, nine players are from Haryana.