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In MP Health Minister's Hometown, Gardener Collects Covid-19 Samples Due to Shortage of Medics

(Representative Image: AP)

(Representative Image: AP)

The incident came to light on Monday when some television reporters recorded the gardener, Halke Ram, collecting swabs of people for testing at the hospital in Sanchi, a world heritage site located 50 km away from Bhopal.

As Madhya Pradesh is battling a massive Covid-19 wave, anomalies are being reported from various parts of the State. Shortage of staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic has forced authorities to take the help of a gardener to collect samples of people at the government civil hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Sanchi, the constituency of state health minister Prabhuram Choudhary.

The incident came to light on Monday when a viral video showed the gardener, Halke Ram, collecting swabs of people for testing at the hospital in Sanchi, a world heritage site located 50 km away from Bhopal.

Halke Ram who is a daily wage employee said he was assigned the task of sample collection by the BMO as the health staff is infected with the virus.

Block Medical Officer (BMO) Dr Rajyashri Tidke told PTI on Tuesday that the help of the gardener was taken for collecting samples due to the shortage of employees. “Almost half of the staff of the hospital was found coronavirus positive. I had already informed senior health officials about the shortage of staff in the Sanchi civil hospital," she said.

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The incident came as Choudhary and other BJP leaders are busy campaigning for the Damoh assembly byelection. He is yet to issue a statement on the covid-19 situation.

Meanwhile, Lokendra Parashar, the BJP state media in charge could not be reached for comments on the issue. The health ministry also did not issue any clarification on the same.

Several districts have reported shortfalls in the past few days. These include patients in Ujjain Covid care facility giving oxygen support on the hospital floor due to shortage of beds and people running in search of urgent Remdesivir injections in Indore. The state health infrastructure is reeling under the pressure of tackling the recent surge in coronavirus cases despite the administration’s claims of arranging the best amenities for the people.

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The NSUI medical wing on Tuesday alleged that nursing students in several districts are being made to administer the Covid-19 vaccine without proper training and protective gears. NSUI medical wing coordinator Ravi Parmar alleged that the state government is making these students administer the inoculations without offering them any protective gears or stipend. “If they are to be engaged in the vaccination drive, these students should be provided salaries and other perks at par with the government nursing staff," demanded Parmar who has threatened agitation in case the demands aren’t met.

Madhya Pradesh on Monday logged the highest 6,489 coronavirus positive cases in a day, taking the tally of infections in the state to 3,44,634 while the death toll is 4,221.

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first published:April 13, 2021, 18:15 IST