The ministers of health of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh claimed that his states were never asked to submit the relevant data and therefore did not report the number of Covid deaths medically attributed to oxygen shortages.
They both questioned the basis for the Center’s statement in Parliament when the relevant data was not collected from the states. Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said that most of the deaths during the second wave in the state were due to oxygen shortages.
The Center, in a written statement on Tuesday, informed the Rajya Sabha that states did not specifically report deaths due to oxygen shortages. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo noted that the “number of deaths in one day, deaths with comorbidity, deaths without comorbidity and type of comorbidity” were the only categories in which they searched for data. Singh Deo alleged that the Center deliberately misled Parliament without consulting the states. “When GOI it says ‘no one died due to lack of oxygen during the second wave’, they are probably referring to Chhattisgarh, a state with excess oxygen, “added Singh Deo.