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Punjab Government Diverting Vaccines To Private Hospitals: Akali Dal

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Punjab Government Diverting Vaccines To Private Hospitals: Akali Dal

The Akali Dal chief mentioned it is immoral for Congress authorities to “make a revenue” from vaccine gross sales(FILE)

Chandigarh:

Punjab’s opposition get together SAD on Thursday accused the state’s Congress authorities of “diverting” Covid vaccines to non-public hospitals at “hefty margins”.

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, in an announcement alleged that vaccine doses weren’t accessible within the state however they have been being offered to non-public establishments as a substitute of being given freed from value to the widespread man.

He claimed {that a} Covaxin dose costing Rs 400 to the state was being offered to non-public establishments at Rs 1,060.

He mentioned the personal hospitals are additional charging individuals Rs 1,560 for every dose.

“This quantities to a price of Rs 6,000 to Rs 9,000 per household for a single dose”.

Mr Badal alleged that in Mohali alone, 35,000 doses have been offered to non-public establishments to “earn a revenue” of practically Rs two crore in a single day.

He mentioned it was “immoral” for the Congress authorities to “make a revenue” from the sale of vaccines.

“The federal government was additionally punishing individuals by forcing them to cough up Rs 1,560 per dose throughout a time of financial slowdown,” he alleged.

“Rahul Gandhi ought to inform if he helps the Punjab authorities’s transfer to power the widespread man to pay Rs 1,560 per dose,” mentioned Mr Badal.

He mentioned by doing so the federal government had abdicated its accountability in direction of public welfare by corporatizing vaccine distribution.

“Your entire Covid administration train stands uncovered. The federal government made grandiose guarantees however delivered nothing. Even neighbouring states are doing door to door vaccination”, mentioned Mr Badal.

Mr Badal demanded a excessive court-monitored probe into how the Congress authorities was allegedly creating an “synthetic scarcity” of vaccines for the widespread man by promoting its doses at a “hefty revenue” to non-public hospitals, the SAD mentioned in an announcement.

In the meantime, efforts to succeed in Well being Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu and well being officers for his or her feedback turned futile.

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