Blackmarket Sale of Oxygen & Medicines
As per the final letter that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 Could, West Bengal’s requirement for medical oxygen had elevated from 230 metric tonne (MT) to 360MT (per day) within the final 10 days. Based on the federal government’s estimation, the requirement is ready to the touch round 550MT per day within the subsequent week. On the time that this letter was written, West Bengal was receiving 308MT of medical oxygen a day.
“We discovered that sure suppliers had been charging over 20,000 rupees or in some circumstances as a lot as 60,000 rupees for one 40 litre oxygen cylinder”, mentioned Nayantara Basu, a volunteer with a COVID-help group in Kolkata.
“Cylinders that are normally rented out at 7-Eight rupees a day are being rented out for 100 rupees a day. In some circumstances they’re charging exorbitant charges for the cylinder however not offering masks and different gear with it which isn’t obtainable out there”, she provides.
“Some hospitals are additionally saying that they don’t have oxygen. So there’s clearly some black market hoarding occurring.”
If black market hoarding of medical oxygen endured at a time when oxygen provide within the state was surplus, the federal government would possibly must assume the way it’ll take care of this when the oxygen obtainable within the state might be lower than its complete requirement.
The same pattern was additionally being observed for essential COVID medicine like Remdesivir. Nonetheless, as per authorities orders, solely hospitals are actually allowed to promote these medicine. However intense rationing signifies that many don’t obtain these medicines or that they’re bought out inside a matter of minutes.