The coronavirus pandemic has turned the life a 33-year-old resident of Muchipara space, Kolkata, the wrong way up since April 26. The illness not solely snuffed out the lifetime of his 70-year-old mom, but additionally denied him the area and time to mourn the lack of his cherished one.
All hell let free on April 24, when the non-public tutor’s mom, who was affected by a persistent lung illness, had fallen critically unwell. He needed to run from pillar to publish to get his mom admitted to a hospital.
Finally, when docs suspected her to be a COVID-19 affected person, she was admitted to the isolation ward at NRS hospital. As per rule, the relations weren’t allowed to fulfill her.
“After her admission to the hospital ward, we could not catch a glimpse of her even once. We could not also participate in her last rites,” the non-public tutor stated on situation of anonymity.
Adding insult to harm, after his mom’s loss of life on April 26, he had been getting a number of calls from the Health Department asking about her well being’s progress.
On April 24, when she complained of respiratory bother, the relations didn’t get alarmed because it was her frequent drawback.
“We have all the required arrangements, such as nebuliser and BiPAP (electronic breathing device) at home. But that day, her problem was so severe that we took her to GD Hospital on Lenin Sarani. The hospital authorities referred her to MR Bangur hospital or Beliaghata ID hospital,” he stated.
The relations have been requested to do the identical after they took her to SSKM hospital.
“We came back home that night. Next morning my mother’s oxygen level dipped. I tried to call an ambulance, but did not get one till 5 pm. With the help of my friends, I shifted her to NRS,” he stated. After offering preliminary remedy, the authorities requested them to take her to Bangur hospital as they lacked essential tools.
“We took her to MR Bangur hospital. However, the on-duty doctor said they did not have the required medicines or instrument. He suggested us to shift her to NRS again as she was susceptible to coronavirus in Bangur,” he stated.
The authorities of Bangur hospital couldn’t be contacted.
So, they lastly obtained her admitted to the isolation ward at NRS hospital.
“No body from the hospital helped us to carry my mother to the ward or bed. We did everything on our own,” he added.
On April 25, when he went to go to his mom, a health care provider knowledgeable him that she had died only a whereas in the past. “I was asked to come again the next morning with her Aadhaar card. He told me that COVID-19 test will be conducted on her,” he stated.
On April 28, the Health Department instructed him that his mom had examined constructive for coronavirus, however refused to present any additional info.
However, he obtained a name from the Health Department that requested him to stay in dwelling quarantine for at the very least 14 days and added that the relations must bear COVID-19 take a look at. “But till date, no one from the government came to get our samples,” he stated.
However, he was nonetheless at a loss that how his mom might have contracted the illness as she by no means used to step out of dwelling. He believed that his mom had obtained contaminated throughout her keep on the hospital.
“My mother was a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient for the last 10 to 12 years. Since she weighed 157 kg, she never used to step out of the house,” he stated.
On May 2, he obtained a name from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation informing that his mom had been cremated on April 29.
“I was asked to go Peace World, a mortuary, with our Adhaar cards to collect her death certificate. When I said, I did not have any document from the hospital, I was told that it was not required,” he stated, including “After all this, an official called me today in the morning enquiring about my mother’s condition.”
Tarun Kumar Pathak, superintendent of NRS hospital, stated, “There are a lot of rules and regulations that the family members of COVID-19 patients need to abide by. If a patient dies, we cannot do anything. The family can approach the Health Department. But if a family submits any complaint to us, then we can look into the matter.”
“I believe my mother contracted the infection from the hospital. We have been advised to undergo COVID-19 test, but nobody from the government has come to us for our samples.”
A senior well being division official stated, “We are testing according to ICMR guidelines. If he or his friends fulfil that guideline, they will be tested.”