negligence in treatment, dies; Authorities deny charge
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Hyderabad, Jun 29 (PTI) A 34-year old COVID-19 positive
patient sent a purported selfie-video from his hospital bed
here to his father alleging negligence in treatment and died
later, but authorities rejected the charge, saying he suffered
a fatal heart attack.
"Though I said I am not able to breathe, they did not
listen and ....stopped... it has been three hours. I am not
able to breathe. Heartbeat has stopped and only lungs are
working. Bye daddy. Bye to all, daddy," the man said in the
short video which went viralonsocial media.
Officials said the man died of heart attack on June 26 two
days after he was admitted to the state-run hospital with some
symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19.
Asserting that the man was provided oxygen and treatment,
Telangana Health MinisterE Rajender on Monday described as
"unfair campaign" on the social media showing government
hospitals in poor light when thousands of patients were cured
When contacted, a hospital official said there was no
deficiency in treatment and that the man in the video, died in
spite of the treatment.
He was admitted to the hospital on June 24 after testing
positive for COVID-19 and oxygen was provided to him
continuously, the official said on Sunday.
He said patient would continue to have breathlessness if
issues related to heart were involved.
The man died despite the required treatment, he said,
adding sudden death can happen in such cases.
Rejinder lamented ''campaign'' showing government hospitals
in poor light, saying it would hurt the morale of the staff.
I appeal that the morale of government hospitals and
staff at government hospitals should not be hurt by
highlighting isolated incidents of deaths of persons who
already have different health problems or those whose
condition turned acute for differentreasons, while thousands
are saved, he told reporters here.
He said arrangements were being made to provide oxygen
facility to 10,000 beds and there was no shortage of beds.
He said internet and phone facility was provided to
COVID-19 patients in isolation in hospitals so that they can
remain in touch with their family members and it should not be
The patient in question came to the government hospital
after visiting various hospitals and treatment was given to
him by providing oxygen, he said.
Senior Congress leader and former MP Ponnam Prabhakar said
he has complained to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC)
about the incident. PTI SJR
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