COVID-19 patient left unattended at CD hospital, alleges family

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Srinagar: A family in Srinagar has alleged that their COVID-19 patient admitted at Chest Disease hospital of the city has been left at “God’s mercy”.

Talking to The Kashmir Walla a family member alleged that their relative who is admitted at one of the designated COVID-19 hospitals is being ignored by the doctors there, “She collapsed in the premises after returning from washroom, for two hours no one picked her up. It was only after she regained conciousness that she managed to return the ward.” Said Bilquees who identified herself as the niece of the patient.

She said that the patient a resident of Srinagar’s downtown area was admitted to the hospital after developing high fever, ‘Earlier my uncle and aunt had returned from Mumbai and both had tested positive for coronavirus. While my uncle is doing fine, unfortunately my aunt who was first admitted to Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital in Rainawari developed high fever following which she had to be transfered to CD hospital,” said the aggrieved relative.

Bilquees said that at the CD hospital however the treatment towards the patient has been “inhumane”, “For two days no one went to inject her, such is the callousness of the authorities, if they are not willing to treat patients, then they should allow a relative to take care of the patient,” she pointed out.

Another relative of the patient Shafat Ahmad said that the patient is in critical condition now, “She is not even able to use her phone now. We have no idea about her condition now. Where’s the administration?” he asked.

Ahmad alleged said that the hospital should allow an attendant from the  family to look after the patient if they are scared, “We are ready to take risk and attend our patient so that her life is saved, but the admin should allow us,” he said.

It may be noted that a few days ago the head of CD hospital Naveed Nazir Shah had tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier today while taking to his Twitter handle he had this to say, “So many positives detected each day.. where r v going to keep them… and their families/contacts … do v have to alter our strategy … testing and quarantine,”

Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent at CD hospital, Saleem Tak denied the allegations of the family, “We have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID, the allegations are baseless, the patient is being taken care of and is stable in the ICU,” he claimed.

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