NEW DELHI :
The parliamentary standing committee on health ought to be allowed to interact with the health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on COVID-19, senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh mentioned on Thursday.
He additionally demanded specialists inform the reality to the nation on the COVID-19 scenario based mostly on information and science.
“Why has the government of India discontinued daily briefings on the health situation? All countries inform their citizens through the press in a time of crisis. At such times credible and professionally competent faces should be telling us what is happening,” he requested.
Ramesh mentioned the standing committee on health, of which he was a member for 5 years, is chaired by the very sober and accountable Ram Gopal Yadav.
“The committee should be allowed to meet and interact with the health ministry and the ICMR,” he mentioned.
“The health minister (Harsh Vardhan), a medical doctor himself, has so far stayed away from daily briefings. My suggestion to the government: Let Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS, brief the country every evening. Let experts speak relying on facts and science. Our citizens deserve the truth,” he mentioned in a collection of tweets.
He mentioned an health ministry official throughout briefings on the COVID-19 scenario stored saying that “maybe the peak will never come”.
“What are we to make of this assertion? Is there a larger design to this statement made not once but thrice,” he questioned.
The health ministry, which used to maintain every day briefings for the reason that imposition of lockdown from March 25, has now decreased the variety of briefings every week and holds them often.
Ramesh additionally mentioned that the restoration charges are rising, says the federal government.
“Fine. But does this have any scientific meaning,” he requested.
The restoration price is a operate of the time of entry into hospital, he mentioned, asking what about circumstances the place the COVID-19 affected person doesn’t have entry or is denied entry into hospitals.