New Delhi, May 14 2021 || News Desk

Synopsis:
Arvind Government betrays the poor people of Delhi by denying them free vaccination in private hospitals too, due to the Government’s complicity with private hospitals. Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Congress has been demanding, ever since the vaccination drive started in Delhi, that everyone should be given free vaccination, both in Government and private hospitals, but the Arvind Government, on the contrary, shut down over 100 vaccination centres citing vaccine shortage, while the private hospitals have been fleecing the people for a vaccine shot, charging many times more than the actual vaccine price.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee President Ch. Anil Kumar said that due to the complicity between the Government and private hospitals, the people of Delhi were being looted to the tune of Rs 187.5 crore as there was a secret deal between the Arvind Government and the private hospitals to deny free vaccination to people.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Congress has been demanding, ever since the vaccination drive started in Delhi, that everyone should be given free vaccination, both in Government and private hospitals, but the Arvind Government, on the contrary, shut down over 100 vaccination centres citing vaccine shortage, while the private hospitals have been fleecing the people for a vaccine shot, charging many times more than the actual vaccine price.

He said that it was to help private hospitals profiteer that the Arvind Government did not place timely orders for buying the vaccine; nor did it float global tenders to stock up Covid vaccines, when Indian companies, Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech, refused to accede to Delhi’s demand.

Ch Anil Kumar said that due to vaccine shortage in Government vaccination centres, poor people are being compelled to get vaccine shots at exorbitant cost, ranging from Rs 950-1250 for a jab. He said that due to the fast surge in the Covid infections, the poor people, unable to get hospital beds in Government hospitals, and unable to afford the high cost of treatment in private hospitals, were depending on early vaccination in Government facilities for protection against the contagion, but the Arvind Government has betrayed Delhiites by making the Covid vaccine scarce in the Capital, to help the private hospital cartels by taking a cut from peoples’ misery.

Ch Anil Kumar said that Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain had said at a press meet that the private companies were making a monthly profit of Rs 960 crore from vaccine sales, but it was half-truth as private hospitals were getting 25 per cent of vaccine supply, which means 1.5 crore doses per month, at the rate of Rs 600 per dose, for which the hospitals are charging Rs 950 per jab, that is Rs 350 more than the price hospitals paid. He said that this was steep overcharging by the private hospitals with the blessings of the Delhi Government, about which Jain was keeping mum. He said that if 2 crore people of Delhi are vaccinated in private hospitals, in the present estimate, Delhiites will be fleeced to the tune of Rs 187.5 crore.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that while Prime Minister Modi was helping the vaccine producers cash in on the misery of the people of the country, the Arvind Government was doing the same to Delhiites in collusion with the private hospital cartels.

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