More COVID deaths than recoveries; Keralites share terrible experience at Civil Hospital in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Civil hospital at Asarwa in Gujarat is popular as the largest government hospital in Asia. But this hospital turned into a terrible spot after it recorded more number of COVID-19 deaths than recovered patients. Majority of COVID-19 patients admitted here did not survive, as per reports.
Till Wednesday, 351 COVID-19 patients died here and 338 people recovered from the disease. On Thursday, a Palakkad native Mohanakumaran (60) died of COVID-19 here. Relatives of the deceased narrated the horrific experience they had at the hospital.
Mohankumaran was admitted in the civil hospital after suffering from breathing problem on May 14. Though he was in ventilator, the medicos shifted him to ward claiming he was stable. But on May 21, he was declared dead.
Without adhering the COVID-19 protocol, the hospital staff directed his family to take the body for the funeral by themselves. As Kerala Samajam intervened in the issue, the hospital authority agreed to take the body in their ambulance. PPE kit was provided to one of those who accompanied the body, after raising a complaint.
The hospital staff also refused to carry out COVID-19 test for the deceased patient’s wife. She was advised to remain in home quarantine. Mohanakumaran is the second Keralite who succumbed to COVID-19 at Civil hospital. On May 7, a Alappuzha Kavalam native had died of COVID-19.
Numerous complaints including discharged patient’s death are raised against the hospital. It is alleged that substandard ventilators were used in the hospital. Meanwhile, the hospital authority claimed that more deaths are reported in the hospital as patients in serious condition are referred to there.