Srinagar, Mar 30: in a sheer negligence either on part of the hospital administration or the government, a Covid-19 suspect was declared positive yesterday though his clinical history and hospital records at Chest Disease Hospital clearly shows that the patient is a suspect and his test report is awaited.
A youth ( name withheld) from Soiteng Lasjan area in Srinagar outskirts was declared Covid-19 positive yesterday and shortly after the announcement, Government quarantined his family members and also his neighbouring family.
Srinagar Municipal Corporation in his tweet declared him as the resident of Mehjoor Nagar but in another tweet he apologised and said the patient is from Soiteng Lasjan and the area will be sterilized.
There was panic in the area as the news broke about him. Ironically, the hospital administration asked the patient today to get shifted to Ward number 5- the ward that has been exclusively reserved for Covid-19 suspects.
“I told him why they are shifting me to Ward 5, where Covid-19 suspects admitted can be infected due to my presence. I was shocked when they informed me, I am not Covid-19 positive and the test report is still awaited,” the patient told Kashmir News Trust over phone and questioned, how can a patient be declared Covid-19 positive without waiting for test result.
The patient said he is in shock and doesn’t know whether to weep or laugh. “Why I was declared positive when the hospital record shows my report is still awaited. Who is to be blamed,” he said.
He told KNT that he self reported in the hospital after coming into contact with deceased Covid-19 patient from Sopore who was residing in Srinagar. Doctors say I am asymptomatic, and not a positive case.
‘The negligence on part of hospital or the government cost his family and they are going through severe mental agony, he told KNT.