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Man dies as pvt hospital in Kolkata denies admission

Man dies as pvt hospital in Kolkata denies admission
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suspecting him COVID-19 positive, alleges family

Kolkata, May 13 (PTI) A 76-year-old man from Bihar who

had multiple age-related ailments died due to alleged

negligence of a private hospital in Kolkata that denied

admission suspecting him to be positive for COVID-19, his

family members said on Wednesday.

Shahid Ahmad Yahya, a resident of Darbhanga, was

brought to Kolkata on May 9 for admission to the Apollo

Gleneagles Hospitals on the recommendation of the doctor who

used to treat him, his son-in-law Mokhtar Alam told PTI.

Yahya who was diagnosed with parkinsonism induced by

sepsis used to consult the Kolkata-based doctor.

The doctor recommended Yahya, who was in the ICU of a

hospital in Darbhanga, to be shifted here for better

treatment, Alam who is a resident of Kolkata said.

"We travelled from Darbhanga in an ICU ambulance after

getting necessary passes from the administration and

straightaway took him to the Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals," he

said.

"Doctors there made us wait for a couple of hours and

then conducted some tests while my father-in-law was lying on

a stretcher in the corridor of the hospital," Alam said.

A doctor suddenly said that he was suspected to be

positive for COVID-19 and should be taken to the MR Bangur

Hospital or any other government-run facility that is treating

coronavirus cases, he said.

"My father-in-law had no symptoms. I don''t know why

the doctors at Apollo denied him admission. On the outpatient

case record they noted him as a COVID-19 suspect and referred

him to a government hospital treating coronavirus patients,"

Alam said.

Yahya''s family members alleged that he was in a

critical condition but instead of treating him, the doctors at

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals wasted much of the crucial time, a

charge denied by the hospital authorities.

An official of the Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals said

every patient is being screened for COVID-19 and if the

patient comes across as a suspect then a confirmatory test

becomes necessary before admission.

"But for a test to be conducted we need to have a bed

available in the ''COVID suspect ward'' as we can''t risk the

exposure of non-COVID patients to the deadly virus. If beds

are not available at the time, we have to refer the patient to

a government hospital," he said.

Yahya was then taken to another private hospital off

EM Bypass which denied him admission as well.

Subsequently, he was taken to the state-run MR Bangur

Hospital, which is a designated facility for COVID-19, in

south Kolkata.

"He was admitted to the male isolation ward of the MR

Bangur Hospital on May 9 and he died on May 11 around 4.15

am," Alam said.

Yahya tested negative for COVID-19 and his death

certificate mentioned cardiorespiratory failure in a case of

sepsis with chronic kidney disease and stage 3 diabetic

Mellitus and hypertension as the cause of his death.

His family members said the doctors at the Apollo

Gleneagles Hospitals that denied him admission on the grounds

that he was a COVID-19 suspect should be punished.

"We want justice and would take legal steps against

the doctors who denied him admission," said Alam.

This incident came to fore even as the West Bengal

government ordered private hospitals and clinics to admit all

patients without seeking certificates, stating that they are

COVID-19 free, or face strict penal action.

Yahya was buried on Tuesday evening at the Solana

Kabristan in the Ekbalpore area of the city. PTI SCH

SOM SOM


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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