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Coronavirus, Bengaluru: Bribes For Beds

More than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases registered in Bengaluru in 24 hours on Tuesday evening (file)

Bengaluru: Tejaswi Surya, a BJP MP from Bangalore South, has accused city municipal officials of taking bribes to allocate hospital beds in the city – a precious commodity as a crime of covid epidemic.

Mr Surya alleged that the “alliance of BBMP officials and frontline health workers” was conspiring to “buy” these beds after stripping them of those who died without ICU care.

“BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Municipal Corporation) booking site says all the beds are full. A lot of people are being given leave … but BBMP says all the beds are booked. Service) “People from agents in and out of hospitals,” he said.

Mr Surya alleged that the beds were initially named after covid patients who were unaware of the home allotment. The bed was “auto un-blocked” after they failed to show up for admission, he said, adding that this had happened in “thousands of cases”.

BBMP officials will then look for someone to buy the bed.

Beds in government hospitals and private hospitals that reserve a specific number to be filled by the state are allocated by requests to the central number.

The BJP MP announced that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa promised to take action against those involved.

The BBMP has not yet responded to the matter.

This is a serious allegation at a time when hospital beds are in short supply.

However, Mr. Surya also has an allegation against his own party; The BJP is the largest member of the Bengaluru civic body and city mayor Gautam Kumar is the BJP’s corporator.

Congress was quick to rush towards this self-goal.

Head of state DK Shivakumar tweeted: “I congratulate MP Tejaswi Surya, MLAs Satish Reddy, Ravi Subramanian and Uday Garudachar for their party’s proposal for irregularities in the allocation of beds by the government and the corporation.”

Shivkumar added, “Who controls the BBMP? They should immediately name the BJP minister who is responsible for so much suffering.”

Late Tuesday night Mr. Surya tweeted that “the system is improving”; He posted a screenshot showing 1,500 empty beds from the government quota for Kovid-19 patients.

“Zero beds are available in Bangalore under the government quota on the BBMP website this afternoon.
Right now, it’s showing 1,504 beds as available. The system improves, ”he said.

More than 40,000 COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka in 24 hours on Tuesday evening, including more than 20,000 from Bengaluru.

Hospitals in the state capital have struggled to cope with the flood of cases.

On Monday, at least three hospitals indicated they were running out of oxygen – with two finally getting some supply. Earlier, however, two deaths were reported at a hospital in the Yelhanka area. Official reports are pending but the deaths were linked to a decline in oxygen supply.

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