A million dollar question is that this alteration in the health department can provide what Bihar needs today?
Patna: As the criticism over Bihar Government’s COVID-19 pandemic management has grown from every side, usually cool CM of Bihar stepped out today and removed Principal Health Secretary Uday Singh Kumawat. The initiative has been taken after Bihar Chapter of Indian Medical Council’s recommendation.
The Bihar chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for the removal of Uday Singh Kumawat, the principal secretary of health department and reinstate Sanjay Kumar, whose replacement had taken everyone in the state by utter surprise.
As of now, Bihar Government has removed Health Principal Secretary Uday Singh Kumawat and has appointed senior IAS officer Pratyay Amrit on the position. A million dollar question is that this alteration in the health department can provide what Bihar needs today?
Now the pressure of managing the Covid-19 pandemic across the state is showing on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In a virtual cabinet meeting on Saturday, Bihar CM Nitish reportedly lost his temper with Principal Secretary (Health) Uday Singh Kumawat on the issue of the low number of tests being conducted in the state.
Most of the Covid-19 cases Bihar has registered in the month of July. As of now, Bihar has recorded more than 33000 cases. On the other hand, Bihar has reported relatively few deaths from COVID-19. The state has reported total 217 deaths. As Bihar is home to more than 100 million people, an average test of about 10,000 a day is not enough.
The state lost the chance of learning from states like Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, where the infection raged in May and June. The three consecutive lockdowns across the nation gave the chance to prepare in advance for coming spike in the case of COVID9. But, Bihar lost the chance opportunity to prepare for a rise in case numbers.
More than 40% of the posts for healthcare workers are still vacant in the state. Most districts in Bihar also don’t have enough ventilators, which have become crucial in treating emergency Covid-19 cases. Bihar struggles today to fight the pandemic without health infrastructure.