The situation at the Civil Hospital turned tense today when four Covid-19 patients levelled allegations that they were being given stepmotherly treatment by the hospital staff. These four patients were ward attendants at the hospital. They got infected while treating patients. They sent a video of their grievances on WhatsApp groups following which doctors and the staff approached them and assured proper care, said patients.
According to the Health Department, there are two groups, who are not on good terms with each other. Members of these two groups levelled allegations/counter allegations unnecessarily, the department added. Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajesh Bagga, maintained that these patients were infact given best facilities and good food.
On the other hand, Raj Kumar, one of the patients, told The Tribune that they tested positive and were kept in an isolation ward since last Sunday. “It has been three days. Neither they have provided sheets for beds as leather produces heat nor they are providing us proper food. None is coming near us to listen to our problems. As a protest, we bolted the ward from inside,” said Raj Kumar.
Another patient Pooja said they had taken care of patients too. “We know that patients are served proper food, which includes fruit, ‘jal jira’ and other eatables, but here nothing is given to us. We are contractual employees and get meager salary of Rs 4,500 per month. Still we put our lives at risk, took care of patients and caught infection,” said Pooja. “Today, when we raised hue and cry they immediately sent sheets and good food. Doctors and the staff assured cooperation. Diet is essential to come out from this disease. If we are not given good diet, how will we recover?” asked Pooja.
Meanwhile, three Covid patients, who escaped from the Civil Hospital yesterday, remain untraced. The hospital authorities said they take police help to find whereabouts of these patients and bring them back to the health facility.
Eight persons discharged
As many as eight persons were discharged after they fully recovered from Covid 19 today. Amongst them, five are from Ludhiana (isolated cases and none from chain), one from Gurdaspur, one from Patiala and one from Faridkot. With this, the total number of patients discharged in Ludhiana till date stand at 130. Besides, 57 rapid response teams screened 189 persons out of which 134 were isolated today.
The two patients, who tested positive, are from the chain. One is son of the tyre compay manager while another is RPF personnel. So far, total 48 RPF personnel have tested Covid positive. In the tyre company chain, 19 have tested Covid-positive so far.
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