Principal GMC refutes the allegation of the family
Bandipora, 08 April: While quarantined family members of the deceased man from Gund Jahangir Village in Hajin Tehsil of North Kashmir’s Bandipora District, who breathed his last on Monday night, at SMHS hospital Srinagar, have claimed that he was not coronavirus positive, Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr. Saima Rashid on Monday refuted the claim, saying that the man was tested twice after his death and only after reports came positive the dead body was handed over for burial to district authorities.
According to government officials the man died of COVID-19 and was the third death due to the disease in Kashmir valley but the family has refuted the government claim.
Talking to Current News Service -CNS the family members of the deceased man said that he was suffering from ‘Diabetes’ for last four years and was being treated by different physicians for the ailment adding that his condition on 06 April 2020 worsened and they took him to Maqbool Memorial Hospital Palhalan Pattan, where he died same night.
According to his family members In MM Hospital Pattan he was tested for pneumonia and later referred to SMHS Hospital Srinagar, where he was according to family was left on the mercy of a medical assistant who administered some tablets and injectables to him, from time to time.
The family alleged that no doctor attended him at SMHS Hospital till he died; claiming that the swab for testing him for COVID-19, was taken after his death which they alleged is a huge negligence on the part of doctors.
While he was in the Hospital, the family alleged that attendants, accompanying him, were not given any protective equipment, not even the masks, while they were attending the man.
Family said, “After his demise DC Bandipora was kind enough to make arrangements for ferrying him from the hospital to his native place, but nobody in the hospital helped them to shift the dead body into the ambulance.”
“The Pain and agony suffered by them was intolerable”, they said.
They reiterated that their loved one (deceased) was not COVID-19 case, as till date neither such report nor any death certificate was provided to them.
Their father was never in contact with any suspect or has ever ventured out during this lockdown, they added.
Meanwhile Principal GMC Srinagar, DR. Samia Rashid, while sharing the details of the events told CNS that an x-ray of the deceased was forwarded by the family doctor of the patient to a senior doctor in Chest Disease (CD) Hospital, who after evaluation of the x-ray conveyed his suspicion of the patient being a probable case of coronavirus advised him to send the patient to CD Hospital, a designated COVID Hospital, but instead of taking him there, the patient was brought to SMHS, where he died on the same night, hours after being brought there.
She said, “After the death of the patient, we instead of handing over the body to kin, kept it in the hospital mortuary for the night, during which his swabs were taken twice for testing and both of the times he tested positive for coronavirus.”
“Immediately after the results came in, we informed Deputy commissioner Bandipora about the matter, who took over from there, to undertake the prescribed protocol for coronavirus related deaths”, she added.
In response to the allegation of the family that the medical staff did not extend necessary care to the patient, Dr. Samia Rashid said, “After the landing up of the patient in the hospital, he was very well looked after, and a doctor looking after him has been put into quarantine, which is enough a proof to negate the allegation of the family.”
“We are fighting a war and instead of allegations and counter allegations, we expect cooperation from general public”, she said adding that people should strictly observe social distancing and protocols, prescribed by the authorities to prevent the spread of the disease.
She also requested people to contact COVID designated hospitals, if the find anyone symptomatic and desist from approaching hospitals other than those.
It is worthwhile to mention that twenty two family members of the deceased have been put under quarantine at the quarantine centre Manasbal.