Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cut off part of the ongoing vaccination feud between the Union Health Ministry and the Maharashtra government, sending a clear and emphatic message that he does not approve of any type of gambling game. political blame in the fight against this pandemic.
“There was a kind of competition between the states when the number of coronavirus cases started to increase,” he said in his speech during the meeting with chief ministers on the outbreak of Covid in the country. .
“This state is completely useless, its numbers are so high. This state is doing so well. Comparing different states has become a fashion,” he said the day after severe criticism from the Union Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan, against the government of Maharashtra after his comments on the vaccine cutback. supply.
“I told you that you shouldn’t worry a little if the number of cases is high. Don’t be under any pressure that your performance is bad because your numbers are high. You just focus on testing, I say. there is no reason to think that you are doing badly if your numbers are high … There will be more positive cases if you do more tests, ”he added in what was considered a insurance for the government of Maharashtra.
In the past 24 hours, Maharashtra recorded a record high of 59,907 cases, bringing the state’s total to 3.17 lakh since the pandemic reached the country.
Since Tuesday evening, the state has declared that its vaccine stocks are running out and that its vaccination program will stop if stocks are not replenished soon.
But his comments drew sharp criticism from Dr Harsh Vardhan, who accused him of misleading the public to distract from what he called his poor performance in controlling the spread. virus.
“The failure of the government of Maharashtra to act responsibly is beyond comprehension … The nonchalant attitude of the state government has singularly hampered the efforts of the entire country to fight the virus,” said said Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Two other opposition-led states, Punjab and Delhi, were mentioned by the minister, who highlighted their poor vaccination records.
PM Modi said Thursday: “Testing is the only way out (in the fight against Covid). Our goal is to perform 70% RT-PCR testing. I have unverified reports of lethargy by some officials during performing tests. Correct results will not. come without proper testing “.
He also added: “We need to fill the gaps through good governance. Some states might need an infrastructure for testing. Laboratories should be forced to work in shifts if necessary.”
Maharashtra is one of the states that has stressed the need to step up its RT-PCR testing. Last month, Iqbal Chahal, the head of civil society Brihanmumbai Corporation of Bombay, said the city was struggling to carry out more RT-PCR tests.
“At the moment, we are carrying out more than 25,000 RT-PCR tests. We would like to go further, but we have exhausted our capacities,” he told NDTV.