Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday strongly criticised Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav for trying to mislead people by presenting wrong facts in the assembly, pointing out that though the party and truth are the two banks of the river, which can never meet, it’s time Akhilesh learns to speak the truth in the house.
In a strong rebuttal to comments made by Yadav on the health system of Uttar Pradesh inside the house on the second day of the monsoon session. He said that the SP leader should verify his facts before stating it in the assembly.
The CM said, “Despite being in government four times, the SP did not make any effort to improve the health facilities in the state. The SP Government did not even bother to offer condolences to hundreds of innocent children that died in Gorakhpur and adjoining districts every year due to encephalitis.”
Yogi said, “These so-called socialists kept putting obstacles in allotment of land for establishment of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gorakhpur while we got the land registered soon after taking over in 2017.”
The CM said that the community and primary health centers (CHCs and PHCs) were on the verge of closure in the state whereas the condition of district hospitals was pathetic. “During the rainy season, encephalitis used to wreak havoc in Gorakhpur. Every year 1,200 to 2,000 innocent children used to die due to encephalitis while around 500 deaths were reported from BRD Medical College alone,” he said.
He said that most of these children belonged to scheduled castes, minority and backward class families, but the then governments did not make any arrangement for their proper treatment. “The encephalitis vaccine arrived in Japan in 1905 itself, but it took 100 years for it to reach India. The SP chief should think about their tenure before raising questions on the government,” he said.
Referring to the National Family Health Survey 4 and 5, the CM said that in the last five and a half years, there has been great improvement in the health sector. “It is the result of the efforts to prevent anemia that today the state’s average is better than the national average in this regard. Maternal and infant mortality rates are continuously improving,” he said.
The CM said that his government is correcting the wrongs of previous governments. “So far this year only 40 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and 7 cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been reported in Gorakhpur and not a single child has died. The response time of 108 ambulances has also been reduced. The government considers 25 crore people of the state as family,” he said.
Taking a dig at Akhilesh Yadav, he said that the leader of the opposition was nowhere to be seen during the novel coronavirus pandemic while with the efforts of the Prime Minister, the country got two indigenous vaccines for Covid within nine months of the outbreak of the deadly virus. “As a result, today the whole country and UP is safe,” he said.
Yogi also condemned Yadav for his remarks on the vaccines, describing it as ‘an act to play with the lives of people’.
The CM said that the opposition leader, when he got the chance to perform, did nothing. “However, he should be happy that today medical colleges are opening in every district of the state, weekly health fairs are being organised in villages and encephalitis is on its way out from the state. They may not cooperate, but at least they should not hinder the betterment of the state by making false and misleading statements,” he said.
The CM said that the PM has set a target of making the country a 5 trillion dollar economy while UP has also pledged itself to be a 1 trillion dollar economy to contribute towards the realization of a 5 trillion dollar economy for the nation.