100 Covid-19 patients break out of Hospital in Assam, claiming no food and waterJuly 17, 2020 21:14
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Around hundred patients broke out of a COVID-19 care Centre in Assam’s Kamrup district. The patients also blocked the National Highway 31. The patients accused the hospital of not providing them with food and water during their stay. .
Assam where there were no cases a few weeks back has been struggling to keep up with the pandemic alongside the floods happening in the state. The state of Assam has been fighting the raging floods for the past few days with more than 80 dead because of the floods and damage and now there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in the state of Assam.
India just crossed the 1 million mark and Assam stands at 20,646 confirmed cases and more than 600 cases were reported on Thursday which makes it the highest one day hike.
In one Hospital in Assam, around 100 patients escaped the hospital claiming that they were not provided with food or water. This incident happened in the Kamrup District in Assam. The patients broke out of the hospital and blocked the National Highway 31.
The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup, Kailash Kartik rushed to the hospital in Changsari as soon as he heard about the break out of patients. He reached the facility along with the police officials. He reached the highway where the patients blocked the roads and asked them to reach to the hospital facility where the further matter can be discussed and hopefully resolved.
There was a lot of back and forth between the patients and the commissioner and after which the patients agreed to go the Centre to resolve the issue. They only agreed because the commissioner gave them the assurance of solving the matter.
Thepatients broke out of the Covid care facility in the first place as they accused the hospital of not providing them with food or even water. Not just that, the condition in the hospitals was also not very habitable as Covid-19 patients are supposed to be maintaining social distance and the hospitals were keeping more than 10-12 patients in one single room. After these entire allegations the commissioner said he will try solving the issueand the patients reached the Covid care facility immediately.
The deputy commissioner gave the patients an assurance that he will personally look into the accusations and allegations made by the patients and he also mentioned that they would take the efforts required to solve this matter.
On the other side, Himanta Biswa Sharma who is the Health and Family Welfare Minister gave a statement saying that patients should opt out of the facility if they are not satisfied there and instead choose home quarantine.
There was a press conference regarding this issue where Mr. Sharma the Health and Family Welfare minister of Assam spoke out the concerns of the patients. He was seen mentioning that the facility was only for the patients’safety and if they are no happy with any of the things they can opt out of the facility and go into home quarantine. In one of his statement he said, “We have brought them to the facility so that they can be cured and they do not infect others. If they are not happy there, they can sign the undertaking and go under home quarantine.”
He was also seen mentioning the over burden on front line workers especially the health workers like doctors and nurses who are working day and night to fulfill their duties and how they are over-burdened with the rise in number of coronavirus cases in the state of Assam. The health workers are on duty day and night and there may have been some delay as they are overburdened, he said.
Assam has been conducting the Covid-19 tests free of cost and also bearing the Covid-19 care facility expenditure unlike other states who have been charging for the Covid-19 tests as well as the treatment. The food, water, stay and the tests costs everything is being borne by the Assam government.
By Deepika Agarwal