Pune: Pune city has cross the 1 lakh mark for COVID-19 cases. While many civilians have lost their lives, the administration is working on a war footing to control the pandemic and taking measures to control its spread.
As a part of this, Pune police has so far collected a fine of Rs 1 crore in the action taken against those who did not wear masks. Due to this action, National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar expressed concern over the health of Punekar citizens.
Pandurang Raikar, a reporter for TV9 news channel in Pune, died on Wednesday morning while undergoing treatment at Jumbo Hospital in Shivajinagar. Pandurang Raikar died as he did not get a cardiac ambulance on time. Additionally, former mayor Datta Ekbote also died and both these incidents have provoked the people against the management of the municipal health department.
On this background, the NCP's chief Sharad Pawar met some prominent office bearers in Pune on Friday to know the current situation.
According to the information given by the office-bearers in the meeting, while the population of Pune city is more than 40 lakhs, there are only three cardiac ambulances in the city. One of the ambulances could not reach in time due to technical failure.
Following the incident, six cardiac ambulances have been ordered to arrive in the city in the next four days. Also, NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar has decided to provide 150 injections of Remedicivir for the treatment of patients.
Sharad Pawar also expressed grief over the demise of Pandurang Raikar and Datta Ekbote. From now on, every office-bearer and activist of NCP should be ready to serve every patient in the city.
They have also been instructed to work to reassure families against the fear of COVID-19 and start a helpline as soon as possible. Sharad Pawar has made suggestions in the meeting so that everyone can get better treatment.
"Everyone should wear a mask to stay away from COVID-19. Such instructions were given by the health department. But many times citizens were seen walking around without wearing masks. Action has been initiated by Pune Police in this critical situation. After recovering a fine of Rs 1 crore from that action," Sharad Pawar.
He added, "the citizens of Pune should go out wearing masks wherever they go. I appealed not to go out unnecessarily. He also instructed the office bearers to create more awareness among the citizens."