Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘Not enough Covid beds, ambulances in Lucknow’


LUCKNOW: In a letter that surfaced on social media, the Uttar Pradesh law minister has lashed out at his state's health authoritie­s, complainin­g that beds for coronaviru­s patients are falling short and ambulances take hours to arrive in the UP capital, which he said could face a lockdown again.

Law Minister Brajesh Pathak's purported letter on the situation in his constituen­cy also blamed the recent death of a scholar on the lack of an ambulance, though Padma Shri-winner Yogesh Praveen's family has denied making this charge.

When contacted Pathak did not reject the existence of a letter, which also appears to challenge the UP government's claim that it is on top of the fight against coronaviru­s.

"I had written a confidenti­al letter to the government," he said, refusing to elaborate further.

"The beds for COVID-19 patients in hospitals should be increased, testing should be increased and enough testing kits should be made available, said the letter written Monday to Additional Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) and Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education).

If COVID-related circumstan­ces are not controlled soon, we will have to impose a lockdown in Lucknow to prevent its spread," it added. The letter surfaced Tuesday on social media.

"It is with extreme pain that I am informing that currently in Lucknow district, the condition of health services is extremely worrying. For the past one week, I have been getting hundreds of phone calls from the entire Lucknow district, he said.

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