State Times NewsJAMMU: Expressing grave concern on shortage of oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu and failure of Principal GMC in performing his duties efficiently during the times of crisis, a number of activists of Dogra Front and Shiv Sena (DFSS), led by its President Ashok Gupta held a protest on Thursday.Speaking on the occasion, Gupta said that during past few days, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased drastically in the region due to lack of oxygen cylinders availability as patients suffering from COVID-19 require adequate oxygen supply for keeping their lungs working.Gupta further said that there is an oxygen generating unit at GMC&H Bakshi Nagar, which is non-functional from past some time. He urged the LG Manoj Sinha to sanction a sum of Rs 5 crore for sorting out all technical issues besides making the oxygen supply plant functional. “GMC has been procuring 700 Oxygen cylinders from private vendors, who earlier used to deliver the same to GMC but in present circumstances, due to increased demand, the GMC has to send its trucks for picking up oxygen cylinders. Moreover, in this time of crisis, Dr Digra Principal GMC, in a two-page letter to the Lieutenant Governor, has offered to opt for VRS because of outer interference in working of hospital,” he added.Gupta further said that during these difficult times if Principal GMC is unable to perform his duties and getting the work done from doctors, he should immediately step down. “During normal times, everyone can perform but such difficult times are testing times which tend to prove a man’s worth and mettle. If Principal GMC thinks that he cannot perform his task he should step down making room for others who can get the job done rather than cropping about it in papers or digital media, as shortage of oxygen cylinders in the hospital has sparked panic among patients and their family members,” he asserted.Gupta further said that GMC Jammu is a major referral hospital of Jammu region where patients from all 10 districts are referred and treated, so the infrastructures should be upgraded to meet increasing demands of patients.Others present on the occasion included Bantu, Prem, Sham, Vikas, Rampal, Ganesh, Kripal, Sushil, Brij and Abhishek.
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