Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, May 13
Residents of Dehra, one of the remotest areas of Kangra district, have demanded that a Covid hospital should be set up in the area.
Om Prakash Sharma, a resident of Sunhet village in the subdivision, talking to The Tribune, said his oxygen level dipped to 80 after he got infected with coronavirus.
His family members took him to the Dharamsala Zonal Hospital.
Sharma said, “I was lucky that my family took me to the hospital in time by a car. There were many poor persons in Dehra who are dependent on public transport. Such persons are dying as they cannot afford to go to Dharamsala or Tanda hospitals as public transport has been banned.”
Sharma said the people had demanded a Covid hospital in Dehra so that they could get treatment nearby.
Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Prajapati said there was a proposal to set up a Covid centre in an ayurvedic hospital in the area.
Sources, however, said the authorities would not be able to set up a hospital due to shortage of oxygen beds and other infrastructure.
Dehra is part of the parliamentary constituency of Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur.