Deceased COVID-19 patient's family accuses hospital of medical negligence

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The family also alleged that they had to spend Rs 85,608 in Kottayam Medical College for medicines and injections.

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Kottayam: The family of a COVID-19 patient from Pathanamthitta, who died on Friday, has accused the Pathanamthitta General Hospital, where he was treated first, of medical negligence. The family also alleged that they had to spend Rs 85,608 in Kottayam Medical College for medicines and injections, where he died. The family clarified that the patient, Joshy, was not diabetic as claimed by the hospital.

The family has raised allegations against the procedures in Pathanamthitta General Hospital, where Joshy was treated first, and against the treatment in Kottayam Medical College. They have forwarded their complaint to the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Pathanamthitta District Collector.

Joshy tested positive for coronavirus on May 18. One of the main accusations is that even though he was admitted in the hospital on May 18, his X-ray was taken only on May 19. The family reiterated that he was not a diabetes patient and that he was not taking medication for any other disease.

He was taken to Kottayam Medical College for expert treatment only on May 25, despite the family being notified about his deteriorating condition on May 24.

However, health department claimed that the arguments raised by the family were baseless. The treatment given to each patient is as per the COVID protocol. A time limit has been set up for examination in each phase. All procedures were in accordance with this, health department clarified.

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