Shillong: Attacking the Meghalaya government’s claims of developing health infrastructure amid its battle against the second wave of COVID-19, the state Congress unit on Monday said none of the districts has ambulances with either basic life support system or advanced life support system.
Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma said this based on different inputs received from citizens. Dr Mukul said he was surprised that ventilators provided to respective civil hospitals and other medical facilities were not operationalised.
“We have been assured that new ambulances would be purchased with life support. This should have been done a long time ago, because this is how we equip the whole medical fraternity, equip the frontline workers with arsenal,” Dr Mukul stated, adding that the situation was like a war.
He emphasised the need to equip health workers with the entire necessary arsenal and that these were the basic things required.
Dr Mukul, who attended the all-party meet chaired by Meghalaya Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, had highlighted these issues and also asked the government to make immediate corrections.
Expressing concern over non-operational ICUs, Dr Mukul said that if they were operational, they could have saved precious lives. “We have insisted that all these ICUs and ventilators which are made available to medical infrastructure must be made operational. They were not made operational because to operate an ICU or to incubate a patient you require appropriate training of the medical fraternity whoever is assigned with the task,” said Dr Mukul.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma responded that the state will soon get 11 ambulances through the DoNER ministry.
He clarified that in the first wave, the challenge was more of transportation of patients. “We didn’t see serious cases needing oxygen support. That was the time when we invested in ambulances. So, now, whatever ambulances we bring in we are ensuring that they will have life support,” the CM added.