State Times NewsJAMMU: Expressing anguish on recent death of a female COVID patient due to alleged apathy of administration, Balvinder Singh, a social activist, on Thursday demanded a judicial probe in the matter besides asking the administration for making necessary arrangements in every district for treatment of COVID positive emergency cases to save precious lives.While interacting with media, Balvinder Singh along with other civil society members including Majit Singh, Manmohan Singh, Ayaz Ahmad Khan and Mahesh Kotwal, shared a recent case, wherein gross neglect of a COVID positive female by the management was observed. Giving details, he said “A 42 years old woman Sunita Devi from Sunetar Ramnagar was admitted to American Oncology at Batra Hospital. She was operated there but later, along with three other patients from different localities, was detected corona positive and day by her situation started deteriorating. The other three patients, who were asymptomatic, were discharged from American Oncology Hospital for home quarantine, but Sunita Devi was not provided required medical facilities despite fact that authorities of Oncology Hospital contacted Director Health Jammu, CMO Jammu, Superintendent GMC, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Raj Bhawan Jammu etc for shifting of patient to GMC, which is the only one designated COVID level-1 referral Hospital in Jammu city, as she was in dire need of intensive care,” he added.Balvinder further stated that concerned doctor, who was unit Head Oncology Unit of American Oncology Hospital, sent a number of mails on 29th July, 30th July, 3rd August and 4th August to all above mentioned authorities but none of them neither responded to emails nor issued directions for shifting the patient to GMC, which finally resulted in her tragic death on August 5. Demanding judicial probe in the entire incident so that responsibility can be fixed in the matter, Balvinder said that all those responsible must be dealt sternly as such persons have no right to stay on these responsible posts, especially in the hour of COVID crises.“It is our request to the authorities to look into the matter of referral of COVID-19 positive pregnant women at the time of delivery, as recently two pregnant patients have delivered babies in the ambulance,” he asserted.“What is the need of peripheral District Hospitals and three newly opened Govt Medical Colleges at Rajouri, Doda and Kathua, when they can’t handle these patients at the time of delivery. The COVID-19 pregnant patients have to travel long distances for their delivery, which is unacceptable both morally and on humanitarian grounds. As the Government is claiming adequate supply of PPE kits and masks to peripheral hospitals for meeting any eventuality, at least COVID positive emergency cases like trauma, delivery etc should be dealt at respective District Hospitals or nearby Medical Colleges in Rajouri, Doda and Kathua,” added Balvinder.
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