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
"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,"
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
"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