AAPSU hits out at govt over unavailability of reqd medicines

ITANAGAR, Jul 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has hit out at the state government for the “non-availability of medicines used in emergencies to treat Covid-19 patients in the state.”
“The ICMR has approved certain medicines and vaccines to treat Covid-19 cases during emergencies and the same is being used by several states in the country. However, it is sad to know that our government does not have those necessary drugs and injections,” AAPSU vice president Meje Taku said in a video message on Tuesday.
Referring to the death of a 32-year-old man due to Covid-19 at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) on Monday, Taku said that “instead of making the necessary medicines and injections available at the hospital, the family members of the deceased were handed a prescription and asked to search for the same in pharmacies.”
“It been almost four months since the Covid-19 pandemic entered the state and
still our government is not fully prepared to tackle it. There is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in several districts of the state while testing facilities are available only in three districts,” Taku said.
The AAPSU leader said though the union has been vocal in demanding testing centres in more places of the state, the same is yet to be looked into by the government.
“Besides the capital, TrueNat machines are available only in Tawang and Pasighat. Also, proper procedures of testing are not being followed,” Taku alleged.
The AAPSU further demanded that the government come out with a white paper on the financial condition of the state.
The union said the cost of the generic version of the Covid-19 treatment drug ‘remdesivir Cipremi’ is around Rs 4000 to 5000, and even that is not available with the government.
“Besides medicines and vaccines, there is a shortage of PPE for the frontline workers, while those in quarantine centres are not getting the facilities as they should. Does the government not have enough money for this? Where is all the money that has been given by the central government and those which have been diverted through the North East Council?” Taku questioned.
He said it is the responsibility of the government to look into such matters, and to procure the required medicines and vaccines instead of asking the family members of the patients to search for it.
The AAPSU said that community transmission has begun in the capital and it is the people who are coming forward and telling about their contacts instead of the health department tracing them.
“Despite the people coming forward, they are not being tested. The situation is similar in Namsai. If this continues, then the state will collapse and we will all die,” Taku said, and urged Chief Minister Pema Khandu to get involved in the matter.
Calls made to Health Minister Alo Libang were unanswered.
Arunachal has of recent been witnessing a massive spurt in the number of Covid-19 cases, especially in the Itanagar capital region, which has 123 active cases as on 14 July.
The state has 239 active cases, while 145 people have recovered from the virus.
A 32-year-old businessman from Naharlagun, who was suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome and diabetes mellitus, passed away on Monday, making him the third person to have died due to the virus in the state.