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BJP MLA sets up hospital, gets Remdesivir from SMC
Ahmedabad: The rest of the state might be facing a shortage of Remdesivir, the injectable drug used to treat COVID-19, but there is one hospital in Surat that has no such issues despite being barely 48-hours-old.
It seems to help that this hospital is run by a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) legislator, who says he is procuring the drug from the Surat Municipal Corporation and “some NGOs.”
Even as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday promised Surat 800 additional beds “in the coming days”, MLA from Majura in Surat Harsh Sanghvi managed to set up a 100-bed hospital in two days with the help of 72 people.
“We set up the hospital to meet the need for more beds. Treatment here will be free since most patients will be poor people.
Last time (year) also, we set up a hospital and we treated around 1,500 people. We had given them 528 Remdesivir injections and 38 doses of Tocilizumab,” Sanghvi told First India.
“Like that time, we are now getting injections and other supplies from the SMC and some NGOs. All the services and medicines in the hospital will be provided free of cost to in-patients,” he added.
Sanghvi’s apparent altruism has not gone down well with the opposition Aam Aadmi Party.
AAP state president Gopal Italia said, “This is a tall claim by the BJP MLA.
The real question is what are the chief minister and health minister doing when citizens are dying due to the unavailability of medicines? COVID-19 is not new any more. We are now back to square one after a whole year.
The government is still clueless.”