COVID patient taken to hospital on pickup dies in Kasaragod
Kasaragod: A COVID patient has lost the battle for life after failing to reach the hospital on time due to the alleged denial of ambulance service. Though his relatives called an ambulance, the service was denied over formalities. Finally, his relatives took him to the hospital on a pickup vehicle. But the patient breathed his last at the hospital.
Kooramkundu native Sabu Vattamthadam is the COVID patient who lost his life due to the lapses of the authority.
A video of four clad in PPE kits taking Sabu to the hospital on a pickup is being circulated on social media. As the video surfaced online, protest intensified against the authority over failure to assure ambulance service to the COVID patient.
Sabu’s wife and daughter have also contracted COVID-19 along with him. As Sabu’s condition worsened, his relatives contacted 108 for an ambulance. Ambulance service was available in nearest village, Vellarikundu.
But the officials denied ambulance service as claiming that they cannot provide ambulance from Vellarikundu for a patient who comes under Karinthalam PHC. They disconnected the call saying that they will provide the ambulance after consulting the higher officials, said Sabu’s relatives.
As confirming that ambulance service would not be provided, Sabu was rushed to the hospital on a pickup.
Meanwhile, Vellarikundu health inspector Ajith C Philip informed that the relatives took the pickup to Sabu’s home as other vehicles can not reach there due to poor road connectivity.
“The relatives took him to the hospital in the same vehicle as failing to get an ambulance immediately. They contacted me regarding the issue. But as their area comes under Karinthalam PHC I asked him to contact them. As they told me that they could not reach them, I supplied PPE kits to the relatives. They only intended to save his life by taking him to the hospital on the pickup,” said the health inspector.
He also dismissed other allegations related to the incident.